New home for war memorial stones in Cheswick Green


Stones erected more than a century ago – to honour local men who fought in the Boer Wars – are set to form part of a new memorial in a Solihull village. Solihull Council has confirmed that the plans to create the monument on land adjacent to Tanworth Lane, Cheswick Green, fall within permitted development…

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What judge told Solihull gambler after he found £15k in Genting Casino – and spent it


A Solihull gambler thought it was his lucky day when he discovered £15,000 left unattended by a high roller at the Genting Casino at Resorts World. Panikos Constantinou “stuffed the cash up his jumper” and then fled from the premises before gambling the cash away. Constantinou, 63, of Landrail Walk, Smithswood appeared at Birmingham Crown…

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Solihull gyms benefit from £1million cash boost


Gym-goers in Solihull are now benefitting from a £1million boost thanks to the investment of a new sports and leisure operator. The fitness suites at North Solihull Sports Centre and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre have been transformed following a cash injection from Everyone Active. It is the most significant investment to be made by the…

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Man arrested following series of indecent exposures


Following a series of indecent exposures that have taken place in Solihull and Sheldon in the last couple of weeks, a 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the offences. He will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on the 21st August to hear the charges against him.

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40m new railway station in Solihull set to be ruled out


Moving Solihull Railway Station to a new location would be “problematic and expensive”, likely to cost at least twice the amount of revamping the current site. A report due to be considered by borough councillors later this week recommends ruling out the option of building a new station at Monkspath Hall Road. The document predicts…

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Husband jailed for murder of Chelmsley Wood woman


A 73-year-old man has been jailed after pleading guilty to the murder of his wife, Tracy Stonehouse, who was found in a property in Chelmsley Wood in April. Arthur Stonehouse, of Coralin Close, has today (Monday 6th August) been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to life in prison, with a minimum term of 13 years…

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Bravery awards for police officers who rescued boy doused in petrol


Three brave West Midlands Police officers have been honoured for their courage after rescuing a boy in Solihull, who had been doused in petrol by his father and was at risk of being set alight. Sergeants Neal Marsh and Gareth O’Sullivan, along with PC Carl Anderson, arrived at the scene in Kingshurst last October to…

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HS2 – the great train debate in Solihull


Few developments have proven to be as divisive as HS2 – the multi-billion pound transport project on which construction work is finally due to start next year. Solihull is one of the 25 local authorities through which the London-Birmingham stretch of the rail line will pass, and for almost a decade debate has been raging…

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Runaway killer James Atherley sentenced for murder of Callum Lees


Runaway killer James Atherley has been sentenced to jail for life, a minimum of 26 years, for the murder of Callum Lees at a Solihull house party. Atherley, 21, of Wells Road, Solihull, had denied murdering the 20-year-old on 6th August last year. But the killer was today found guilty following a month-long trial at…

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Tribute paid to a ‘loving daughter’ following fatal crash


The parents of a young Solihull woman killed in a collision on Sunday evening have expressed their grief at the loss of their daughter with a ‘wonderful smile and beautiful heart’. Sarah Giles, aged 20, was a passenger in a VW Golf which was in collision with an Audi A3 moments after the Audi failed…

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