Solihull dad and daughter climb Everest

A father and daughter from Solihull will have their endurance tested to the limit when they take on a trek to the Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity. John and Eleanor Stewart plan to reach the summit of Kala Patthar at over 18,000 feet, via the Everest Base Camp, next month on an…

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Solihull Dad’s cheeky poster has serious health message

A Solihull man has become the face of a new cheeky poster campaign to help raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer. Mahendra Dabhi appears on a series of posters and digital ads around the Midlands alongside the humorous message: “I’m regular as clockwork.” The initiative is part of Cancer Research UK’s new Spot Cancer…

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Solihull Council has bid for and received additional funding for flood damaged roads

The Council has been awarded £723,000 to repair 8.5 miles of damaged roads in the borough in a mix of urban and rural locations. Repairs will be carried out early this year. The funds are part of a £140m government initiative set aside to help local authorities cope with the damage to their roads following…

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Cycling OAP rescued from M42 near Solihull

A mixed-up pensioner riding a pushbike pedalled along a busy motorway in Solihull before being rescued by motorway police. Frantic motorists on the M42 dialled 999 to inform emergency services that the man, in his 70s, was heading south on the motorway at about 3.30pm this afternoon. He had joined the M42 at Junction 5…

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Solihull woman celebrates world record breaking marathon row

A Solihull woman celebrated her 50th birthday with a world record breaking marathon row in aid of the The Brain Tumour Charity. Taking part in the charity’s ‘Row for It’ campaign, Ann Atkins achieved the 26-mile distance in just 3 hours, 24 minutes and 21 seconds, placing her at world number one ranking for her…

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Local MP backs top jobs quota for women

Meriden Conservative MP Caroline Spelman has backed calls for quotas to ensure women receive a fairer share of top jobs. The former Cabinet Minister said she applauded banks which were introducing a positive discrimination system to try to end the male domination of their industry. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mrs Spelman also warned…

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Fraudster brothers lose appeal over sentence for scamming pensioners

A pair of callous brothers who conned pensioners out of thousands by claiming their homes were infested with vermin have failed in a bid to have their jail sentences cut. Errol Flynn, aged 47, and younger brother Timothy Flynn, 36, told their elderly victims in Solihull and Quinton their lofts were crawling with rats or…

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Police forces unite in push against foreign criminals

West Midlands Police is joining forces with officers from Eastern Europe for a week-long campaign targeting foreign criminals using the region’s roads. Operation Trivium 2 runs from Monday 24th to Friday 28th March and sees a contingent of 10 officers from Europol, Romania, Lithuania and Poland support the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) on intelligence-led…

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Work has begun to refurbish Bentley Heath Community Centre

Funds are being raised for the five-year project at the Widney Road centre at Bentley Heath park. Sainsbury’s – which is currently working on a store plan for Forest Court, Dorridge – has already helped out and its contractors have partially refitted the kitchen and store room. The flat roof over the store room and one…

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Cyclist in her 80s fighting for life after collision with truck in Shirley

A woman cyclist in her 80s is fighting for her life after she was involved in a serious collision with a lorry. The woman was taken to hospital following the incident in High Street, Shirley, near to Peterbrook Road, at 8.30am this morning. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and has been rushed…

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