Proper send-off for former RAF technician from Solihull

A former Royal Air Force (RAF) technician, who recently died at his home in Solihull, is to receive a proper send-off thanks to the efforts of Solihull Council. The Council became responsible for 76 year-old Barry Morgan Neal’s funeral when it could not trace any relatives or friends following his death. When this happens, the…

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Spring has already sprung for some early arrivals at Umberslade Farm Park

Staff at the children’s farm, in Tanworth-in-Arden, welcomed three new-born lambs who arrived just in time for half-term. Visitors will be able to help out with the farm’s new additions, taking part in the new-born feeding schedule, to keep them warm and fed over the holiday. Umberslade owner Oliver Muntz said: “The nights getting lighter,…

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Scrap metal dealer has been fined

A Birmingham man has been fined for collecting scrap metal in Solihull without the necessary licence. Stephen O’Sullivan of Severne Road, Acocks Green, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on the 14th February and pleaded guilty to an offence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. The court heard that a Ford Transit laden with scrap…

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Land Rover Discovery celebrates 25 years of Solihull production

The Discovery, Land Rover’s family SUV, has clocked up an impressive 25-year milestone, with well over a million produced at the Lode Lane factory in Solihull since its launch in 1989 – and to mark the achievement, Land Rover has unveiled a new Discovery XXV Special Edition as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of…

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Solihull Council to increase funding for people in care homes

From April 2014, Solihull Council is increasing the fees it pays to residential and nursing care homes for older people and people with dementia by up to 16.5%. This increase in fees will cost the Council £805,000 more in 2014-15, a rise of 10.7%. The additional cost will be paid for from the existing adult…

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Man was knocked off his scooter by 4×4 during rush hour traffic near airport

A hit-and-run victim has told how he was left for dead after being knocked off his scooter by a 4×4 which then sped off in rush-hour traffic. Neil Williamson, 39, suffered a fractured wrist, cuts and bruises and shock following the collision on the A45 Coventry Road, near Birmingham Airport. The dad-of-four was on his…

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Recruitment drive under way for 1,700 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull Plant

Jaguar Land Rover has signalled the start of its next phase of growth by opening the application process for 1,700 new jobs at its Lode Lane plant. The new roles, which were announced last year, will support a £1.5 billion investment in manufacturing, which will see the production of a new Jaguar mid-sized saloon based…

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Holiday Inn hotels in Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon have been put up for sale

A collection of 11 Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Best Western Plus hotels, including two in the Midlands, have been put up for sale. The hotels, which include Holiday Inns in Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon, are operated by QMH UK. Other hotels include Crowne Plazas in Chester, Glasgow and Nottingham, Holiday Inns in Doncaster, Harrogate, Luton,…

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Solihull girl is having her hair cut for the first time in her life to raise cash for Help Harry Help Others

Six-year-old Brooke Higgins has never had her hair cut but she has been so inspired by the example of brave Harry Moseley that she’s going under the scissors. The Marston Green Infant School pupil, who’s hair reaches her knees, has now decided to have it cut to shoulder-length for the Help Harry Help Others charity…

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A mum-of-two died of cancer after the disease returned following treatment by suspended surgeon Ian Paterson

Michelle Flavelle was just 47 when she lost her fight against the illness. She was treated by Ian Paterson at Solihull Hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 – but she fell ill again five years later, as the scandal over the surgeon’s “cleavage-sparing” mastectomies began to break. Tests revealed Michelle, from Castle…

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