Residents’ petition over industrial unit plans near to park

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Angry residents in Monkspath are petitioning against plans for an industrial manufacturing unit, located near homes and a popular borough park. An application was submitted to turn one of the units in Monkspath Business Park into a distribution and manufacture plant for V Installations Mechanical Handling Limited. But locals are worried the plans will create…

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Troop Aid receive Queen’s Award for supporting injured soldiers

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Troop Aid has received Royal approval in the form of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014. The award is the second Royal seal of approval for the Solihull based charity, which supports injured soldiers around the world, and boasts HRH Prince Charles as its patron. Founded in 2006 by former servicemen Albert Sutton,…

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Town centre crime rates fall 43 per cent

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Solihull town centre businesses saw crime fall by 43 per cent in April 2014 compared to this time last year. The driving force behind the impressive stats is a 52 per cent reduction in shoplifting at a time when similar types of crime are rising in other town centres across the borough. West Midlands Police…

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Son and dad finish fun run at a push

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A devoted son has pushed his terminally ill father round an 8km fun run to raise awareness of his rare condition. Tony Love, aged 71, was diagnosed in 2007 with degenerative disease PSP (Progressive Sparanuclear Palsy) which gives sufferers an average life expectancy of just seven years after its onset. After the devastating diagnosis, his…

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Trish shows why she’s the business with top award

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A business owner and brain behind the successful networking initiative Solihull Hour has been named Business Person of the Month. Trish Willetts launched independent store BB Boutique last year, with her two daughters Jessie and Amy, to offer organic, quality baby clothes and locally-made toys and gifts. With a background as an environment champion for…

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Tournament held in memory of Aoife

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Elmdon Netball Club is hosting its annual tournament in memory of former teammate Aoife O’Connor, who died aged just 14 from a brain tumour. The Solihull schoolgirl was a big part of the club, both on and off the court, and even managed to fulfil her dream of becoming coach before her tragic death in…

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Reaching for the skies in memory of Michael

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More than two years after her boyfriend died in a tragic car crash, Shana Nichols is set to take to the skies in a bid to raise funds for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service – the charity that battled to save his life. Michael Dugmore, from Tanworth Lane, Shirley, aged just 21, was a…

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Apologetic thief jailed for Solihull crime spree

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An apologetic thief jailed for a string of burglaries across Solihull told police he wanted to spend time behind bars so he could learn lessons from his crime spree. Alex Humphries admitted overnight break-ins at two Knowle addresses last July − bagging electrical items from one rural property as the homeowner slept upstairs − and…

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Party time as nurses’ hard work is recognised

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A Solihull nurse of six years is one of many to have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the profession. A celebratory tea party was held to mark International Nurses Day, which celebrates the contribution to so many people’s everyday lives. One of the nurses recognised for her outstanding contribution was Rachel…

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Health chief fears saving dementia ward ‘would do more harm than good’

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A top health chief has fears a dementia ward at Solihull Hospital would do patients ‘more harm than good’ if it is kept running long term. Several petitions have been launched to save Ward 10 from closure after health bosses only provided enough funding for the next few months, insisting community care is more beneficial….

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