Children’s artwork ‘just the ticket’ to tackle parking problems

Officers from Solihull Police have praised children and their parents for their assistance in making roads outside local schools safer – and are keen for this to continue as they return from their Easter holidays. Last year four schools contacted officers from the Smiths Wood and Castle Bromwich neighbourhood policing team to raise concerns about…

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Two men jailed for robbing and assaulting Solihull couple in their own home

Two men have been sent to prison for seven years each after they were found guilty of robbing and assaulting a Solihull pensioner and his wife in their own home. Emerson Brown aged 54, a builder from Ash Road, Reading in Berkshire and Mirza Beg, aged 25 and unemployed from Romsey Road, Reading, Berkshire, were…

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Joining forces makes a difference

Dorridge Scout Hut is set to have a make-over thanks to kind-hearted builders from the Sainsbury’s development in the village. Parents dropping their children off at the Arden Drive hut have had to drive and walk through potholes over the years – but now thanks to the hard work of the assistant beaver leader PC…

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Solihull man helps raise £50,000 for charity by leading team through world’s hottest place

Dean Beard, has helped raise £50,000 for charity by leading a team on a cycle ride across Death Valley – the planet’s hottest place. Dean, from Chelmsley Wood, is a full time international expedition leader and guides people around the world on some of the most toughest challenges. His latest adventure involved leading a group…

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Blythe Valley Park homes bid sparks anger

Plans for 600 homes on Blythe Valley Park are set to be unveiled this weekend. The 257-acre site was initially intended to be purely a business park – but has now been identified as also suitable for housing. And as it falls under phase one and two of Solihull Council’s development plan it means it…

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Solihull mum tells of son’s struggle with autism

Christopher Shore loves nothing more than to run around the park and watch boats sail by at the water park – but unlike every other six-year-old Christopher, from Solihull, has to have formula milk, walks into things, is unable to vent his frustration and often turns to biting and pinching to express himself. As autisim…

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MP shares Solihull Gateway safety fears

Lorely Burt has added her voice to fears the new Solihull Gateway project will create access problems for blind people. Solihull’s MP said planned improvements in the Station Road and Poplar Road area of the town centre to make it more accessible and convenient and to ‘improve and update the look of the area’ posed…

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Vandals attack Dorridge railway station days after its restoration

Vandals forced the closure of a railway station waiting room – less than a month after it was restored to its 1930s grandeur. The room at Dorridge Station boasted old GWR fittings and posters when it was unveiled by fundraisers as part of a £16,000 community project on 24th March. But over Easter vandals scratched…

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Solihull drug dealer behind bars

A Shirley resident who claimed that a cocktail of drugs discovered at his flat were for him and his friends has been jailed for two years and 10 months. Oliver Riando was interviewed back in August 2013 as officers from the Shirley policing neighbourhood team responded to concerns about suspicious activity at his Stratford Road…

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Government appoints Lorely Burt to champion female entrepreneurs

Female entrepreneurs are a “neglected niche”, according to Lorely Burt, the Government’s new “women in enterprise” champion, appointed today. The Solihull Liberal Democrat MP, who began her career as assistant governor at Holloway Prison, will be helping female business owners understand how they can get help and support for both start- ups and growth companies….

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