Ian Paterson inquiry finds ‘dysfunctional’ healthcare system enabled rogue surgeon

An independent inquiry into how rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson was able to go on performing unnecessary operations in Solihull and Birmingham for years uncovered a healthcare system “dysfunctional at almost every level”. The inquiry found “patients were let down over many years” by the NHS and private hospitals and opportunities to stop Paterson were…

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Hundreds of angry shoppers force action on Solihull shops parking

A Solihull pub has changed its parking policy after hundreds of residents raised concern that a clampdown had left a neighbouring parade of small shops “at bursting point”. More than 360 people had called on the council to “urgently upgrade and improve” the space available outside the Prospect Lane businesses, after charges were introduced at…

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Solihull students set for Oxbridge

Solihull School has reinforced its standing as one of the Midlands’ most successful schools after recording another superb set of Oxford and Cambridge University offers. Five Sixth Form students at the co-educational independent day school on Warwick Road have won conditional places to study at the historic institutions. Georgina May-Hart has been awarded a place…

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Solihull man charged after ‘firearms smuggled into the UK from Florida’

A Solihull man has been charged after two semi-automatic pistols and ammunition were allegedly smuggled into the UK from America. The weapons were seized by Border Force officers at a parcel hub in the Midlands after they had been imported from Florida. Working with the National Crime Agency, officials seized a Springfield XD-9, a Sig…

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Two men arrested after PD Captain traced them to house in Solihull

Two men have been arrested after police traced them to a house in Solihull following an attempted burglary hours earlier. Police were called to Goodway Road following reports of a burglary in progress in the early hours on this morning (1 February). After being disturbed by the occupants, it was reported the men fled in…

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Motorist attacked in carjacking on Morrisons car park in Castle Bromwich

Police are investigating after a motorist was carjacked by two men on Morrisons’ car park in Castle Bromwich. The robbery took place in the car park of the supermarket on Chester Road just before 7pm last night (Thursday). West Midlands Police say a 25-year-old man was approached by two men who pulled him to the…

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Major revamps for Solihull’s railway stations as passenger numbers soar

Multi-million pound plans to redevelop both of Solihull’s main railway stations are taking shape. Separate proposals for both Birmingham International, near the NEC, and Solihull Station, serving the town centre, are seen as key to increasing capacity on an increasingly congested network. While both schemes have been under discussion for a few years, the transformation…

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Four Solihull men arrested after cop ‘dragged for 70 yards by reversing car’

Four men from Solihull have been arrested after a police officer was dragged down the road for 70 yards by a reversing car. The officer was said to be leaning through the car window to quiz a suspect when the driver drove off – pulling him along with it. The driver allegedly then picked up…

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Violent carjacker jailed for savage attack

A violent carjacker who has left a woman with a permanent sight impairment after hitting her with a hammer has been locked up – as West Midlands Police proved the teenager was responsible for the savage attack. Majid Ali repeatedly struck his victim across the head before taking her Audi A1 from CoventryRoad, Sheldon on…

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Bus lane cameras catching thousands of drivers in Solihull

Thousands of drivers continue to be slapped with fines after straying into the bus lane on one of Solihull’s busiest routes. In 2019, the council issued 3,209 penalties to those caught on camera flouting the restrictions along the Lode Lane corridor. A total of £66,433 has been raised as a result of the enforcement action…

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