New policy for Solihull’s roadside memorials

Tributes left at roadside memorials across Solihull risk being thrown away, council chiefs have warned. Currently lanterns, soft toys and similar mementos are left in-situ for up to six weeks following a death or a fortnight after a funeral service and then taken to temporary storage at Moat Lane depot – where loved ones can…

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Blood bikes charity loses its role on hospital runs

A motorbike charity that has provided a free out-of-hours blood supply service to the NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire, has been replaced with a new £14million contract which takes on its work – and a range of other transport services. Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes [WSBB] claim they were excluded from the tendering process, which…

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Solihull people urged to claim fair share of HS2 grants

Community groups in Solihull are being urged to bid for a share of a multi-million pound fund to support projects along the route of the HS2 rail link. The West Midlands area – which includes Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry – has been allocated £7.5 million – almost a quarter of the cash available nationwide. This…

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Mum ‘too scared to put kids to bed’ after six break-in attempts in two years

A mum said she was “scared to put her children to bed” after six break-in attempts at her family’s home in just two years. Laura McCarthy admitted she was living in fear after the latest attack on her house in Solihull. The 31-year-old was out collecting her seven-year-old daughter from school when raiders used a…

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Smith’s Wood murder victim named as grieving family calls for answers

A young father stabbed to death in Smith’s Wood on Friday night was named today (1 April) as Leneto Kellengbeck, as his mother described how her world had been turned ‘upside down’ by the tragedy. The 24-year-old, who leaves behind a daughter aged two, was found with critical injuries when police were called to Arran…

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Homelessness strategy agreed amid rising demand in Solihull

An action plan for dealing with homelessness in Solihull in the year ahead has been approved. The 12 month strategy, which will take effect from April, comes on the back of figures which suggested around 800 households were either homeless or at risk in the borough. While Solihull has not seen the rise in rough…

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Pupil referral unit in Solihull looks set to close

A pupil referral unit in Solihull, which received a damning Ofsted report in December, looks set to close later this year. The Auckland Education Centre, in Smith’s Wood, was ranked “inadequate” in all areas following an inspection last autumn, with the watchdog reporting a “steep decline in the quality of education and the safety of…

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Medics targeted in shocking ambulance attack as crew raced to 999 call

An ambulance window was smashed by a thug who launched a massive stone at the vehicle – as paramedics raced to a 999 call. The shocking incident happened on the Collector Road in Castle Bromwich last night. Medics were travelling on blue lights at the time to respond to a patient with breathing difficulties. The…

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Police appeal for witnesses following hit and run in Shirley

West Midlands Police has renewed an appeal for witnesses after a man injured during a hit-and-run collision in Shirley has died. Reginald William Nend was hurt following a collision involving his Vauxhall Astra and a Renault Laguna in Yardley Wood Road around 10am on 14 February. The 77-year-old was taken to hospital but sadly died…

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Gymgoer shares shocking injury pictures in bid to catch hammer-wielding carjackers

A local gymgoer was attacked with hammers by thieves as they stole her car. Blythe Mason-Boyle had just left the Énergie Fitness gym on Coventry Road In Sheldon on Tuesday evening (19 March) when she was attacked by two men beside her Audi A1. She suffered a gash on her head and a fractured eye…

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