Residents rally to stop Mount Dairy Farm homes

The campaign to stop 220 homes being built on Mount Dairy Farm has stepped up a gear as the deadline for the application looms. Residents and campaigners in Cheswick Green have been ramping up their protest against Bloor Homes’ plans that are due to be heard by Council Planning Chiefs next month. The plans, which…

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Nine-year-old’s letter to thieves who stole treasured keepsakes from her baby sister’s grave

A nine-year-old girl left heartbroken after thieves stole keepsakes from her sister’s grave has written to culprits in a desperate plea for them to return the items. Jessica Ryder has left the heartfelt message at her sister’s grave side after she discovered the sentimental items had been taken from the grave at Widney Manor Cemetery….

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Police appeal after man killed and child hurt in Solihull crash

Police continue to appeal for information after a man lost his life in a Solihull collision yesterday (17th August). Emergency services were called to Bills Lane, Shirley, after a Vauxhall Astra and a Range Rover were in collision at the junction with Langcomb Road at around 2.35pm. A nine-year-old child and a 59-year-old man from…

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Tourism rise a boost to Solihull’s economy

Visitors to Solihull helped generate over £850 million in revenue for the local economy in 2013. That is the revelation in new figures released by Marketing Birmingham’s research arm the Regional Observatory and tourism research body, Global Tourism Solutions. The STEAM report, produced annually to assess the economic impact of visitors to the UK’s major…

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Grieving parents inspired by Edward’s Trust help

The parents of an 11-month-old girl who died suddenly from heart failure have pledged to raise £20,000 for the charity that supported them through their worst nightmare. Louise and Matt Tomlin, both 34, said only now were they coming to terms with losing their daughter Sophie in March last year just days after returning from…

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Solihull twins celebrate THIRTEEN A*s at A level – and head for Oxford and Cambridge

Twins Jenny and Carrie Soderman are celebrating after achieving an astonishing THIRTEEN A*s at A level between them – and will now head off to Oxford and Cambridge. The 18-year-olds, from Dorridge, are pupils at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Edgbaston. Carrie will now read Natural Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge,…

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Chelmsley Wood mum launches fundraising campaign for operation to help son walk

A mum has launched a £25,000 fundraising drive – after being told the NHS may not fund a vital operation to help her son walk. The health service confirmed it did not “routinely fund” the type of surgery that could transform wheelchair-bound Hayden Webster’s life. His mum Kirsty Harrington, 23, fumed: “They fund things like…

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Body found in Hollywood identified as missing woman Eve Cullen

A body found in Hollywood on Saturday 9th August has been formally identified as Eve Cullen, who had been missing since Thursday 17th July 2014. Eve, who was 52, lived in the Hollywood area. Her body was discovered by a member of the public by a footpath near to Chantry Close in Hollywood, at approximately…

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Suicide verdict on Solihull woman who walked across M6 after blaming bedroom tax for stress

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide on the death of a Solihull woman who was hit by a lorry on the M6 after leaving her family a note which claimed the bedroom tax had caused her “considerable anxiety and stress”. Stephanie Bottrill, 52, of Meriden Drive, Kingshurst, walked across the motorway and climbed…

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Trio jailed for nearly 29 years for Midlands robbery spree

A trio of robbers who targeted householders with expensive cars & cash and carry staff across the Midlands have been jailed for almost 29 years. Gavin Hunt of Kelynmead Road, Tile Cross, and brothers Christopher Dixon of Greenfinch Road, Castle Bromwich, and Jamie Dixon of Auckland Drive, Smith’s Wood, were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court….

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