Jackie’s raising money for units which saved her life

A cancer survivor from Solihull has set up her own charity to raise money for the hospital services which have helped save her life. Jackie Stretton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April 2012 and had to undergo an operation and gruelling chemotherapy treatment. The 70-year-old said she would not have got through her illness…

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IPCC will not launch enquiry into circumstances of double stabbing

The police watchdog has chosen not to launch an inquiry into the circumstances of a suspected double murder in Solihull which occurred shortly after officers left the scene. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the deaths of Pin Chang, 58, and his 50-year-old wife Quoi, would now be subject to a local conduct investigation…

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Campaigners urge review over flight path noise row

Campaigners took to the streets of Balsall Common last weekend in a bid to force a Government rethink following the recent opening of Birmingham Airport’s runway extension – it has triggered waves of complaints of alleged noise nuisance from planes taking off at the airport. Angry residents are raising a protest petition to be sent…

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Work begins on 106 new homes at former school site

Work is now underway on 106 new homes on a former school site in North Solihull. Digby Court will be built on the grounds of the former Bishop Wilson School in Pike Drive following the school’s move to new premises in nearby Chelmund’s Cross. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council approved plans for the development in April…

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Inquest hears that Royal Marine from Solihull died after falling 100ft down a gorge

An elite Royal Marine from Solihull on a special forces “escape and evasion” training exercise in Wales died after falling more than 100ft down a steep gorge at night, an inquest has heard today. 25-year-old Ashley Hicks, who was described as “exceptionally capable,” was leading a six-man team in October 2012 and stepped over a…

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IPCC launch investigation following double stabbing

An investigation has been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following a double stabbing in Solihull last week. Pin Chang aged 58 and his wife Quoi Chang aged 50 died from stab wounds at their home on Hermitage Road early in the morning of Monday 7th July. Their son was found seriously injured….

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Ex-heroin user who beat addiction after 22 years graduates with first class degree

A former drug addict who injected £200 of crack and heroin a day at his lowest point is set to graduate from university with a first class degree. Jason Turner, of Damson Wood, Solihull, was hooked on drugs for 22 years and turned to crime to feed his habit. The 44-year-old was in and out…

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Fast food decision sparks outrage

Fast food giant KFC has won its bid for a new restaurant next to Shirley Heath Junior School. The proposal came under massive fire from campaigners and the local community – mostly because of its close proximity to the school. And Solihull Council supported their calls when its planning committee rejected the application. But KFC…

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Rogue trader who charged elderly a fortune for shoddy work has been jailed

A cruel rogue trader who ripped off an elderly resident with sky-high fees for shoddy work has been jailed following a West Midlands Police investigation. Harry Smith preyed on vulnerable people − including Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers − he could talk into home maintenance that surveyors later deemed extortionately priced, often unnecessary, and potentially damaging…

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Man under police guard at hospital following Solihull double murder

A man remains under police guard at hospital following the deaths of a couple at a house in Solihull yesterday morning (7th July). Police launched a murder inquiry after receiving an emergency call at around 5.15am yesterday, following a disturbance at a house on Hermitage Road. Officers were quickly sent to the scene, where the…

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