Solihull brothers guilty of £1.5million electronic waste fraud rumbled by paperwork

A pair of Solihull brothers have been jailed over a £1.5million fraud case involving electronic waste. Jamil and Saleem Rehman were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (19 December). The brothers were apprehended following an Environment Agency prosecution into a £1.48 million fraud case. 56-year-old Jamil, of Monkspath, was sentenced to 5 years and…

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Fatal crossroads where young man died to get extra road safety measures in Balsall Common

A fatal collision at a rural crossroads in Balsall Common has prompted road chiefs to install extra safety measures. Simon Taylor, aged 34, was killed in a three-vehicle crash, which happened at the junction of Holly Lane and Table Oak Lane. Following the tragedy, on 5 December, more than 1,800 residents had signed an online…

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Death of baby by killer mum Abigail Palmer ‘could not have been prevented’ says report

The death of a two-month-old baby crushed to death by her own mum in Solihull could ‘not have been predicted’ – a serious case review has found. Teri-Rae Palmer, who was the subject of a child protection plan, died in January 2017. Her death was initially thought to have been non-suspicious, as there was no…

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‘School Streets’ scheme wins prestigious road safety award

Solihull Council’s innovative ‘School Streets’ scheme won the prestigious Prince Michael International Award for Road Safety at an award ceremony in London. The awards celebrate the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives, and Solihull’s School Streets scheme was recognised alongside other imaginative schemes from Singapore and the Netherlands. Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member…

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Granddad’s bile duct severed during routine procedure at private Solihull hospital

A grandfather has received a payout from a private hospital in Solihull after having his bile duct severed during a botched gallbladder operation outsourced by the NHS. Keith Salt, 60, now has a shortened life expectancy after suffering complications during a procedure at the Spire Parkway Hospital. The hospital was previously at the centre of…

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Tougher regime planned for Solihull taxi drivers as part of licensing shake-up

Tougher rules for taxi drivers who fall foul of Solihull’s licensing policy are set to be approved in the new year. The council is about to consult on a new set of guidelines for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, which sets out sanctions for a range of misdemeanours. Councillors heard this week that there…

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Pedestrian badly injured after being hit by car in Castle Bromwich

A young man has been left seriously hurt after he was hit by a car in Castle Bromwich. The crash victim, a man in his 20s, was struck by a vehicle in Hurst Lane North on Saturday evening (14 December). He suffered severe facial injuries and was rushed to hospital for further treatment. It is…

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Resounding win for Tories in Meriden stronghold in general election

Meriden has its first new MP for more than 20 years after Saqib Bhatti held the Conservative stronghold. Mr Bhatti had last month been announced as the candidate who the Tories had chosen to follow in the footsteps of Dame Caroline Spelman. And he actually extended the majority he had inherited, clocking up more than…

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Tories ease to victory in Solihull with five-figure majority in General Election 2019

The Conservatives have once again won a convincing victory in Solihull, securing a majority of more than 20,000. Julian Knight, who has held the seat since 2015, was comfortably returned as the Tory MP. Labour finished second in the constituency, just ahead of the Lib Dems. The Greens came in fourth place. “The people of…

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Man arrested in Solihull on suspicion of terrorism offences

A man has been arrested today (Wednesday 11 December) on suspicion of terrorism offences. The 49-year-old man was arrested from an address in Solihull on suspicion of funding/supporting terrorism. The arrest was carried out by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit detectives and the man is being questioned at a police station in the West Midlands….

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