The NEC is getting a £4.5 million revamp

The NEC has unveiled details of its extensive £4.5 million transformation which will completely change the look and feel of the iconic venue. The site, in Solihull, is visited by more than 2 million people each year – with 500 separate events taking place. It is a three year project – and the first phase…

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Solihull Keele University student Steven Christian jailed for raping undergraduate

A student who raped a woman and told her: “This is what university is like” has been locked up for five years. Steven Christian, from Solihull, attacked the victim in her room at Keele University after a pub quiz in September last year. The 20-year-old had been a student ambassador during the evening, Stoke-on-Trent Crown…

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Chelmsley Wood man charged with murder after father-of-four fatally stabbed

Danny Cooper, from Chelmsley Wood, has been charged with the murder of a man who was fatally stabbed on Raven Crescent in Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton during the early hours of Friday 12th October. Cooper, aged 31 of Maytree Close, was arrested on Sunday 21st October. He appeared at Walsall Magistrates Court this morning charged with…

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Car theft gang jailed

West Midlands Police has helped put a group of car thieves behind bars after detectives linked them to a string of nasty car-jackings plus thefts in which vehicles were towed away using a pick-up truck. Sarweeth Rehman and Hussun Ashraf − both aged 22 − assaulted motorists with golf clubs, baseball bats or metal bars…

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Child abuse drama Dark Mon£y starts shooting for the BBC in Solihull

Broadcasting trucks have set up shop in Solihull – to film a new BBC drama series with a sordid financial twist. Crew and support vehicles are in a car park on Monkspath Hall Road to facilitate filming in the local neighbourhood. They include a bus with the logo BTFS, short for Bristol Television and Film…

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Jaguar Land Rover two-week shutdown: workers worry as agency staff ‘stood down’

The Jaguar Land Rover two-week production shutdown commenced on Monday (22nd October). Hundreds of agency staff have been stood down during this period while some JLR-contracted employees have time off with full pay, it was reported. The luxury car giant announced the sudden fortnight closure of its Lode Lane plant in Solihull earlier this month….

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Complaints about “dreadfully poor” bus services in Solihull

Bus passengers regularly complain of “dreadfully poor” services in Solihull, a councillor has said. Cllr Ken Hawkins (Con, Blythe) highlighted the number of gripes he received about the network in his response to a public consultation on proposed changes to almost a dozen routes in the borough. Bus users and other interested parties were asked…

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Town centre businesses get chance to shine as Solihull BID Excellence Awards 2018 shortlist revealed

Organisers of the showpiece Solihull BID Excellence Awards have revealed the creative companies and talented trainees shortlisted for this year’s honours. More than 100 entries were received for the annual celebration and judges are now going through the process of interviewing each shortlisted candidate or business. The awards ceremony aims to recognise the outstanding businesses…

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‘People were told I could die’ Birmingham’s jacket potato lady back at work after crash

Popular baked potato lady Lesley Powell has returned to work at Mr Brumbles on Cherry Street – four months after having a titanium plate inserted into her skull in June. Now 52, Lesley was put into an induced coma for ten days after being hit by a car on Warwick Road near to Olton Railway…

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Birmingham Airport police confiscate £30k cash from passenger – hidden in baby nappies

Birmingham Airport police confiscated £30,000 of cash from a passenger – hidden in nappies. The seizure came during a week-long blitz on crime at the bustling terminal, where officers also seized more than £20,000 found hidden in two separate suitcases. Cash totalling £73,000 was confiscated from people travelling abroad between October 15- 19. No arrests…

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