Solihull mum beats cancer after discovering lump following sledge accident

A brave mum and grandmother discovered she had life-threatening breast cancer after she was knocked over by her daughter on a sledge during a ski trip. Mum-of-three Yvonne Pickford, 55, of Olton, Solihull, had been on the annual family holiday in Valmorel, France, when the life-saving accident happened. Daughter Jenii Quigley, who was six at…

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Powergen plans to go on show in Shirley

Concept plans for Shirley’s most infamous eyesore, the former Powergen site, are to go on show this month. Shirley Advance, the developer behind Parkgate, will be presenting plans at a series of public exhibitions where visitors will be able to discuss the proposals with the development team and leave their comments. The ten-acre site at…

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Applicants of controversial Muslim cemetery in Catherine-de-Barnes apply for extra 7,000 burial spaces

The applicants behind controversial plans for a 4,000-plot Muslim cemetery in Catherine-de-Barnes are applying for an extra 7,000 burial spaces. If both applications by Cemetery Development Services are approved next month, it could see two neighbouring cemeteries created in Catherine-de-Barnes with 11,000 burial plots in total. Local residents have objected strongly to the plans, raising…

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Solihull man jailed for life for partner’s murder

A man who killed his partner after learning she wanted to end their relationship has today (3rd September) been jailed for life. Clarke Dean, aged 47, stabbed to death his long-term partner, Michelle Giles, at their flat on Anchor Lane, Solihull while their 16-year-old child was on a camping trip with a friend. Just weeks…

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Solihull man posed as uncle in bid to get back with girlfriend

A Jaguar worker was so desperate to try and win back the affections of his ex-girlfriend that he posed as her uncle and gave her relationship advice. Kewal Jandhu sent a series of emails to Karam Kaur, while pretending to be her relative – being supportive and urging her to give things another go. Jandu,…

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Man jailed after injuring woman on a mobility scooter in collision on Coventry Road

A Birmingham man has been jailed for four years after leaving a woman on a mobility scooter with critical injuries in a collision after driving off from a Coventry Road petrol station without paying for fuel earlier this year. Steven Tucker, 28 from St Margarets Avenue, Ward End, admitted causing serious injury through dangerous driving…

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Man accused of murder drank 25 cans of Carling a day’ jury told

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death at their Solihull flat regularly drank more than 25 cans of lager a day, a court heard. Clarke Dean revealed his drinking habit as he told a jury he could not remember knifing Michelle Giles and cutting her throat in August 2013. Jurors heard there was…

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Priceless trophies snatched in robbery at National Motorcycle Museum

Priceless trophies were snatched and thousands of pounds worth of damage was done when thieves smashed their way into the National Motorcycle Museum overnight. The robbers left a trail of destruction and fled with a haul of invaluable trophies – some of immense historical value to the industry and motorsport. Museum chiefs are still putting…

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Man named in Solihull fatal road traffic collision

Police have named a man who died in a Solihull collision last week as Stephen Beckett. The 59-year-old grandfather, who lived locally, was driving a Vauxhall Astra which collided with a Range Rover on Bills Lane at the junction of Langcomb Road in Shirley at around 2.35pm on Sunday 17th August. His nine-year-old grandson was…

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World War Two bomb taken in to Solihull Police Station

Touchwood Shopping Centre was evacuated today and Homer Road was closed due to an unexploded bomb taken into Solihull Police Station by a local resident. The shopping centre was closed while police assessed the risk of the device – it was much lower than originally thought and just the station remained evacuated while a bomb…

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