Plans to build a 4,000-plot Muslim cemetery in Solihull have been withdrawn

More than 160 objections and 180 submissions of support were sent to Solihull Council after the application for the village of Catherine-de-Barnes. It is understood the businessman behind the application felt planning conditions meant he could not afford to go through with the project. Read the full story here: http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-26524929.

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Solihull businessman Gianni Paladini has insisted he still wants to buy Blues from Carson Yeung

The millionaire Italian said he remained open to doing a deal with Carson Yeung, who was convicted of five £57 million money laundering charges in Hong Kong. Paladini earlier fought a war of words with acting St Andrew’s chairman Peter Pannu over his bid to do a deal but this week he told of his…

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A mum treated by shamed surgeon Ian Paterson has told how she beat breast cancer after turning to natural remedies

Naomi Watson refused all offers of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and the 55-year-old, from Dorridge, also turned down a second operation at Solihull Hospital after the scandal over Paterson’s ‘cleavage-sparing’ mastectomies broke. “I didn’t want another operation after what had happened, even though the doctors recommended it,” she said. “I had already chosen to go down…

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Knife-man who went on New Year’s Day ‘rampage’ avoids jail

A knife-wielding man who went on a rampage in Sheldon, forcing his way into two houses and holding a terrified woman at knifepoint on New Year’s day, has avoided a jail sentence. Paranoid schizophrenic Miles Nunes was spotted by a pensioner, standing in his garden, holding a shovel. Andrew Jackson, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court…

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A campaign has been launched to rename the West Midlands as.. Greater Birmingham

It has been traditionally regarded as Britain’s second city and has long laboured under a less-than-glamorous reputation, but with London surging ahead as an economic powerhouse, and rival Manchester growing in stature, Birmingham’s status has never been more under threat. Now, in a bold step to raise the profile of the city and its surrounding…

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85 Solihull Council jobs are at risk in a £2.5 million cost-cutting drive

The proposed changes will include a “review of management layers” in a bid to cut the equivalent of 85 posts. A total of £1 million would be saved from slashing “back office” costs, with the remaining £1.5 million found in other departments. The plan emerged in the council’s 2014/15 budget document. Spending of more than…

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Birmingham courts brought to a virtual standstill today after a mass walkout by lawyers

Just two out of the 16 courts were sitting on Friday as protesting solicitors and barristers brought the justice system in the city to a temporary halt. Walkouts took place at both Birmingham Crown Court and the city’s Magistrates Court in protest at the £220 million cutbacks to legal aid ordered by the Government. The…

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Hospital that accused a teetotal pensioner of being drunk at an appointment has revoked the letter from his record

Chris White, 83, was left mortified after he received a letter describing how he had a ‘strong smell of alcohol’ while attending an appointment at Solihull Hospital in December 2013. Chris, who said he never touched a drop of drink in his life, has now had the doctor’s statement removed from his medical record after a…

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Biker pays for damage by working on Knowle farm

A 22-year-old motorcyclist whose off-road riding caused £1,000 worth of damage to a farm in Knowle has paid for his crime – by becoming a farm hand for the day. The man, from Hawkesley, was arrested by officers from Solihull Police in September 2013 after the farmer complained that the biker was trespassing on one…

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A Solihull five-year-old has supported a children’s cancer charity by having her long hair cut

Ruby Mander has donated her curly tresses to Little Princess Trust which provides wigs to children who have undergone chemotherapy. Together with over £1,000 raised through the sponsored trim at Birmingham’s Puro Hair, three children will benefit from Ruby’s kind cut. Proud mom Rebecca said: “Ruby was fantastic. After it was over, she said, ‘I…

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