Council spent £5m on staff pay-offs in 2 years

More than £5 million was handed to Solihull Council employees in redundancy payments over the last two years, new figures show. Council bosses paid £2,079,000 to 95 people in 2013/14 for voluntary and compulsory redundancies mainly on operational changes, alterations to accommodate new laws and to make savings. But the previous year saw the council…

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Bravery medal for Solihull man who saved schoolboy from robbery gang

A Solihull man who stepped in to save a schoolboy from a gang of bullies has been hailed a hero after picking up a national bravery medal. Ewan Nelson was walking past Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull, on 2nd March last year when he saw the 14-year-old being attacked by teen thugs who grabbed his…

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Solihull athlete is a world champion

Duathlon athlete Debbie Bradley has overcome defeat to be crowned world champion. The Solihull mum-of-one, who only competed in her first ever duathlon last October, took gold in the 40-44 age range of the championship race, held in Pontevedra, Spain. “It was a close finish but I did it,” said the delighted 40-year-old. “Words can’t…

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National award for courageous Solihull couple who took on burglar

A husband and wife who tackled a knife-wielding burglar before helping police track down the violent thief have picked up national bravery medals for their heroic actions. Peter and Lesley Scudamore were dropping a relative in Ronald Grove, Castle Bromwich, when they spotted an elderly neighbour’s window had been smashed. Moments later Halesowen man Justin…

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High flying accountant died outside her front door after falling down stairs while drunk

A high flying city accountant died when she slipped down the stairs to her basement flat after a boozy night out, an inquest has heard. Jemma Brownlee, aged 29, from Balsall Common, fractured her skull in the fall outside her home – and her body was only discovered 15 hours later. Miss Brownlee was found…

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Row over cost of bringing ambulances back to Solihull

Paramedic bosses have bowed to pressure and agreed to return an ambulance base to Solihull – though there is a row brewing over the cost. Solihull’s ambulance station closed last September and ambulances were moved to a new site in Erdington. But now West Midlands Ambulance Service has agreed to create a new base at…

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Solihull roads safer than ever

The number of people killed or seriously injured on Solihull roads has reached an all-time low. In 2013, two people were killed and 41 seriously injured, which is the lowest recorded since Solihull Council became the Highway Authority in 1986. Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Councillor Ted Richards OBE said: “Clearly, any person killed…

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Burglary suspect arrested despite wrong-way motorway escape bid

A suspected thief was so desperate to get away from traffic police overnight that he drove the wrong way down the A45 and M42 in Solihull. Police first spotted the car at a petrol station on the Birmingham Road shortly before 12 yesterday evening (18th June). It was immediately linked to a burglary at a…

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Mum coached daughter to say dad was abuser

A manipulative mother who did all in her power to turn her eight-year-old daughter against her father – even falsely accusing him of being a paedophile – has herself been condemned as a child abuser by top judges. And the mother, from Solihull, paid the ultimate penalty for her lies when the Court of Appeal…

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Inquest underway in police custody death case

An inquest into the death of a man in the custody of West Midlands Police in Birmingham began on Monday (16th June). Lloyd Butler, from Sheldon, died aged 39 at Stechford Police Station after being taken into custody for being drunk and incapable in August 2010. The inquest, at Birmingham Coroners Court, will now examine…

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