Asha’s to open at Touchwood

Solihull’s dining scene is about to get an extra touch of spice as the award-winning Asha’s is set to arrive at Touchwood this spring. The eagerly anticipated venue will offer guests the unique Asha’s experience, with a menu which includes a delicious array of modern Indian cuisine an exciting, innovative cocktail list and carefully selected…

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Teenager arrested over violent burglary following airport drone alert

A teenager has been arrested over a violent burglary in which a woman was dragged out of her bed at gunpoint by an intruder who broke into her home. The arrest came after police were called to Sheldon Heath Road, near Birmingham Airport, at 4.45pm yesterday (23 January) following reports of an airborne drone. Officers…

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Jaguar Land Rover announces week-long stand down of production at car and engine plants

Jaguar Land Rover says there will be an additional week-long stand down of production in April. The announcement from the Midlands car giant comes due to the potential disruption caused by Brexit. It will affect all three car plants and its engine plant. The three plants are situated in Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood. The…

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Revealed: These are the big issues facing Solihull this year

Creating jobs and attracting investment will be key to Solihull’s success in 2019, the leader of the council has said. Cllr Bob Sleigh, who heads the Conservative administration, said that maintaining a strong economy was crucial to the borough’s future. Plans to “reinvigorate” the town centre will be brought forward in the coming months, while…

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Gang kicks car and demands keys after ‘targeting driver in traffic’ on Chester Road

A horrified driver was ambushed in an attempted carjacking. It happened in Chester Road, near Smith’s Wood Academy, on Monday night (21 January). The victim was reportedly followed on his way back home and claimed he was pursued by three men in a yellow Skoda, who flashed him to pull over. After stopping, the trio…

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Speed camera scheme could expand in Solihull

Speed cameras could return to more roads around Solihull, over two years on from a new generation of device arriving in the borough. Average speed enforcement (ASE) cameras have been piloted on three stretches of highway, capturing more than 6,000 offences in a little over 18 months. Now council road chiefs have confirmed early discussions…

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Children in Solihull protected from cleaning product injuries in RoSPA campaign

Families in Solihull are being urged by the Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents (RoSPA) to take action to protect their children from the risks of household cleaning products. The latest phase of the ‘Take Action Today, Put Them Away’ campaign, funded by the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI), was launched on Tuesday 22…

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Jail term doubled for feared carjacking gang who battered drivers in reign of terror

A violent carjacking gang who battered motorists with golf clubs, baseball bats and metal bars have had their jail terms doubled. Sarweeth Rehman, Hussun Ashraf and Adal Azam, all aged 22, caused terror across Birmingham and Solihull and carried out a string of thefts of high-end cars. In one attack, rage-filled Rehman, of Hartopp Road,…

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Inspirational Solihull teenager presented with Travel Training award

16-year-old Cameron Dixon has been presented with an ‘Independent Travel Training Inspiration’ award by the Deputy Mayor of Solihull Cllr Stuart Davis. Cameron, who suffers from a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, has been working with Solihull Council’s Independent Travel Training Team. The team help young people with additional needs to travel on their own….

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Former Conservative Chair Caroline Spelman tables amendment to rule out a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Former Conservative Party chair Caroline Spelman and Labour Shadow Minister Jack Dromey have tabled a House of Commons amendment designed to prevent a “no-deal” Brexit. If selected by the Speaker, it will be put to a vote of MPs on Tuesday 29 January. Their proposal states simply that the House of Commons “rejects the United…

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