Cycling across the Western Front to remember fallen heroes

A Firefighter and Policeman are preparing to get on their bikes for a mammoth cycle ride in aid of an Armed Forces charity. Kevin Fitzgerald and Stuart Rawlings will pedal 350 miles over eight days from 1st June through northern France to raise funds for Help for Heroes. The duo have signed up for the…

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Residents demand action after caravans move in

Angry Shirley residents are calling for swift action to remove a group of travellers who have parked their caravans on the Palmers Rough Recreation Ground and Nature Reserve. The travellers parked up their five caravans on Sunday morning (13th April) using stealth tactics and the knowledge nobody is available at the Council on weekends to…

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Swift 999 call helped police trap ‘smash-and-grab’ Solihull burglar

A smash-and-grab thief who used tools to bludgeon his way into at least nine homes has been jailed after police surrounded a home he was ransacking. Prolific crook Christopher Burchell (pic left) shattered a rear window at a house on the afternoon of 17th February. However, the sound of breaking glass alerted a neighbour and…

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Identical twins who got married on the same day celebrate wedding anniversary together

It was their big day and identical twins Gillian and Alison naturally said “we do” together. The pair married their sweethearts on the same day in 1974 at Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church. According to mum Audrey Humpage her daughters even wore the same dresses and hairstyles at their double wedding – 40 years ago. Proud…

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Burglar jailed after shotgun and ammunition found hidden in lawnmower

Police found a sawn-off shotgun and 51 rounds of ammunition hidden inside a lawnmower when they searched the home of a burglary suspect. Teenager Gavin Sohal had been arrested by detectives investigating a Balsall Common break-in where an Audi A4 was stolen after keys and a wallet were swiped from a kitchen drawer. Eagle-eyed officers…

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Solihull gran Madge celebrates her 105th birthday

Madge Andrews celebrated her 105th birthday and put her long and happy life down to family, taking part in sports and a nice glass of wine – served at room temperature. Madge celebrated the landmark by throwing a tea party at the Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull, with her extended family – seven…

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Outcry at JLR plans to build on green space

Local residents filled a community centre to raise their objections against Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) latest bid to build on green space. Around 70 people attended the meeting at Whar Hall Community Centre, organised by Councillor Martin Hewings (Lib Dem, Elmdon). It was organised to gather public opinion on JLR’s plans to build a new…

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Justice Secretary: Relocating criminal cases frees up Solihull court

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has claimed the relocation of criminal cases from Solihull Magistrates to Birmingham makes the borough’s court more effective. Speaking on a visit to drug and alcohol charity Welcome in Chelmsley Wood, the MP said the decision to cease criminal cases in Solihull last January had freed up the court to offer…

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Speed cameras in Solihull set to be turned back on

Plans are in place to switch fixed speed cameras in Solihull back on as part of a £400,000 digital pilot scheme. Solihull Council, working alongside West Midlands Police, will look at the idea of introducing fixed point digital speed cameras – five of which will replace the existing speed cameras turned off in April last…

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Airport flight path trials set to begin

Controversial  ‘alternative flight plans’ proposed by Birmingham Airport are to be trialled from May – it was confirmed on Wednesday (9th). Since summer 2012 the Airport has been developing an Airspace Change Proposal, required for a change to departure flight paths to the south of the Airport created by the new runway extension. After considering…

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