Man charged with the murder of his wife


Police have charged a man with the murder of Tracy Stonehouse who was found fatally stabbed at an address in Chelmsley Wood last week. Arthur Stonehouse, of Coralin Close in Chelmsley Wood was arrested for the 51-year-old’s murder on Friday 6th April, after his wife Tracy’s body was discovered at the address at around 1.25am….

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Jaguar Land Rover ‘to cut 1,000 jobs’


Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is reportedly not renewing the contracts of 1,000 agency staff in Solihull. The car giant is blaming Brexit and the fall in demand for diesel models, according to reports. The company employs thousands of both full-time and agency workers at sites across the West Midlands including in Castle Bromwich, Wolverhampton,…

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Work set to start on new NEC hotel


Work will start this summer on a new hotel at the NEC campus in Solihull. Dutch developer Vastint Hospitality has confirmed that construction will be begin in June on the 224-bedroom hotel in Perimeter Road, close to the main National Exhibition Centre building and Pendigo Lake. The eight-storey hotel will operate under the Moxy brand,…

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Fears for historic Berkswell Windmill over housing plans


The future of a historic windmill in Solihull is ‘under threat’ from a potential housing development. Campaigners have warned Berkswell Windmill in Windmill Lane, Balsall Common, could be threatened by Solihull Council’s long-term housing plans. Land near the 200-year-old grade II-listed windmill has been placed on the council’s brownfield land register, prompting a flurry of…

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Family pay tribute to ‘wonderful mother, sister and grandmother’ after fatal stabbing


Police have named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Chemsley Wood – Tracy Stonehouse, aged 51 was sadly pronounced dead at an address in Coralin Close, just after 1:25am yesterday morning (Friday 6th April). A post mortem examination established that Tracy suffered multiple stab wounds and other injuries to her head and neck. Tracy’s…

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Investigation underway after two people hit by trains at Marston Green station on same night


Two people died after being hit by trains at Marston Green railway station, according to British Transport Police. The two deaths took place on Thursday evening, although they are being treated as separate incidents. The first incident was reported at around 5pm, after someone was hit by a train at the station. A second person…

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Young mum battles back from bowel cancer – and urges prompt GP checks


A Solihull mum-of-two is warning that bowel cancer isn’t something that only affects the ‘people of a certain age’. Although statistics show that nearly nine out of ten people who die from the disease are over 60 years old, Rachel Hemmings was only 37 when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Now she is using…

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Murder investigation launched after woman found dead in Chelmsley Wood


A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found dead at a property in Chelmsley Wood today (6th April). Officers were called to Coralin Close at around 1.25am, and the 51-year-old was pronounced dead a short time after. She had a number of injuries, and a post-mortem…

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NXWM help West Midlands Mayor’s Homelessness Task Force


National Express West Midlands has joined up with WM Mayor Andy Street’s Homelessness Task Force to help get rough sleepers to where they can access help. The bus operator is working with outreach teams in all seven of the West Midlands councils to donate bus tickets to be used for emergency travel. Using the ticket,…

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Business Plan to secure £550,000 of new investment for Shirley town centre


An ambitious five-year Business Plan to help bring £550,000 of investment into Shirley town centre has been unveiled. The document has been drawn up by the proposed Business Improvement District (BID) for the Stratford Road corridor and developed through a year-long consultation process with more than 250 local businesses. A BID is a defined geographical…

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