Warning issued over bogus bins in Solihull


Solihull residents have been warned to be on their guard following recent concerns about attempts to dupe people into using fake “recycling” bins. At this month’s meeting of Dickens Heath Parish Council, questions were raised about an “odd-looking” bin which had appeared in the village. Its appearance follows suspicions about a container which turned up…

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UK’s ‘Mr Sleek’ to take on his first half marathon after shedding over five stone


A Solihull electrician, crowned the UK’s ‘Mr Sleek’ for his incredible weight loss achievements, is hoping he can spark people’s interest in getting active after signing up for his first Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run. 30-year-old Dann Sullivan, from Elmdon, started his remarkable lifestyle changes after a nurse told him he was medically obese and his…

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Six-year-old boy with rare epilepsy given licence for cannabis oil treatment


A six-year-old boy with rare epilepsy has been issued a licence to use cannabis oil treatment. The family of Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth, have been campaigning to use cannabis oil for months to help prevent his seizures. They travelled to the Netherlands last September to try cannabis-based medication, and say they there was a noticeable…

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The Drawbridge pub reopens following refurbishment


The Drawbridge in Solihull has now opened its doors, showcasing the pub’s brand-new look following a six-figure makeover creating five new jobs. As part of the investment, the revamped venue on Drawbridge Road in Shirley has received a complete design overhaul with significant interior changes. The bar has been completely refurbished with the addition of…

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HRH Princess Alexandra visits disabled veterans to mark Solihull home’s 10th anniversary


Residents and staff were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra when she visited The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull. The visit was part of a day of celebrations to mark the home’s 10th anniversary. The Princess was received by the Charity’s Chairman, Major General Tim Tyler, The High Sheriff of West…

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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) awards £7m to help make Solihull greener


Ambitious plans to improve connections across Solihull with green networks and improved wildlife sites have taken another step forward thanks to an award of £7m from the European Regional Development Fund. Cllr Tony Dicicco, cabinet member for environment and housing, said: “The borough is divided by major roads and can feel quite disjointed. The idea…

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Charlie Fogarty MBE represents Ability Counts team in Northern Ireland for George Best Community Cup


After the end of the season for Solihull Moors FC’s first team, a number of the club’s existing sponsors have come together to provide funds needed to send their open age disability team to an event in Dundonald, Northern Ireland. Held annually, the George Best Community Cup is a five-a-side cup competition run by the…

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Trauma of flooding revealed as residents raise concerns in Solihull


Solihull’s most senior council officer has said it would be “bonkers” if the impact of recent floods was not taken into account in future planning decisions. Nick Page, Solihull Council’s chief executive, this week spoke with residents in Dickens Heath about the weather conditions which affected hundreds of homes in the borough a couple of…

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Solihull criminal facing lengthy sentence after £68m drugs smuggling operation


Solihull gangster James Mulvey is facing a lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of a £68 million drugs smuggling operation. He has been sentenced to 32 years in prison this afternoon (13th June). The career criminal, 42, was covertly monitored during a two-year investigation by the National Crime Agency which led to him being arrested…

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Solihull online tax cheat jailed


A Solihull fraudster who paid no tax on the profit from his £3 million online business has been jailed for two years. Abdul Rehman, 50, lied to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators and produced bogus invoices in a bid to cover up his £500,000 tax evasion scam. Rehman sold office supplies from his home…

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