Major STEPS forward for award-winning Solihull apprentice at UK’s Garage of the Year


A multi-award winning car service centre in Monkspath Business Park, Solihull, is celebrating the success of its newest apprentice in the build-up to National Apprenticeship Week, from 5th March. Motorserv-UK, opened almost four years ago by Solihull entrepreneur, Kamran Saleem (36), employs 17 staff, one of whom is 19-year-old Connor Fox from Shirley, who was…

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JLR contractor dies after suffering cardiac arrest at Solihull plant


A man working at the Jaguar Land Rover site in Solihull has sadly died after suffering a cardiac arrest. The DHL employee collapsed at the car manufacturing plant on Tuesday, but news of the tragedy only emerged today. DHL provide contract work for Jaguar Land Rover, with their employees working on site. A spokesman for…

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Indian Brewery to open second restaurant in Solihull


The owners of street food eatery Indian Brewery are opening a second restaurant in Solihull. Indian Brewery will open on Station Road in August, near the Turtle Bay eatery. The Solihull venue, which can seat up to 50 people, will have more of a “family friendly feel”, according to co-owner Jaspal Purewal. Jaspal told BirminghamLive:…

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Two Solihull parents fined for children’s unauthorised school absences


On Friday 16th February, two parents from Solihull were fined a total of £1,434 for their children’s unauthorised absences from school. A father was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court after he allowed his child to take one week’s unauthorised leave of absence from Fordbridge Community Primary School. SMBC stated that it’s ‘the council’s first successful…

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‘Courier Fraud’ conmen jailed as 92-year-old victim lures them into police trap


An elderly Solihull woman conned out of more than £60,000 turned the tables on her cruel tricksters by luring them back with the promise of more money – and led them right into a West Midlands Police trap! The 92-year-old was stung in a so called ‘Courier Fraud’ after a conman called her home posing…

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Lord Forsyth presents £17k cheque to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice


Lord Forsyth, chairman of Secure Trust Bank, presented a £17,600 cheque to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice this week, to help support local families living with terminal illness. Big-hearted staff at Secure Trust Bank – which is headquartered in Solihull – raised the impressive amount and Lord Forsyth was invited to present the funds on Valentine’s…

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Teenagers charged over meat cleaver street robbery


Two teenagers have been charged over an armed street robbery in Solihull during which a man was threatened with a meat cleaver. It’s alleged the male youths – aged 16 and 17 – threatened a 64-year-old man as he walked in Manor Park Road, Castle Bromwich, just after 8pm on Tuesday. The man was unhurt…

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Solihull Sixth Form College celebrates students’ successful university offers


As students wait to hear from universities with offers for study this autumn, five at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have already heard and are celebrating offers from Oxbridge. Four current students and one ex-student have been successful in their applications to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge this year. Former Light Hall School students…

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24 police buildings to close across the Midlands


West Midlands Police are to close and sell off 24 buildings in a bid to save money for investment in frontline officers. Many of the buildings facing the axe are former police stations, which were closed to the public several years ago and most are being used as offices for staff. Only two on the…

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Solihull mother and son both receive heart transplants


Anne Bill, 62, from Dorridge lived with an undiagnosed, rare and dangerous heart condition for over 30 years, during which time she had two children and pursued a career as a primary school teacher. Anne received a diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the left chamber of the heart becomes stretched and muscles weaken…

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