Knowle and Dorridge Lions raise £12k towards the vision care for homeless people

Knowle and Dorridge Lions have raised £12,000 to improve vision care for homeless people. The Lions’ support has helped to meet the running costs of the clinic for Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP). The clinic is supported by volunteer optometrists and dispensing opticians and provides eye examinations and glasses for the homeless and dispossessed…

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Hospital bosses prepared for Ebola

Bosses at the Heart of England Trust (HEFT) are prepared to tackle any potential outbreak of the Ebola virus. There are yet to be any confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the UK. But hospital chiefs across HEFT, which includes Solihull Hospital and Heartlands Hospital, are taking no chances and have reviewed their policy…

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Catholic priest from Solihull cleared of indecently assaulting schoolgirl

A Catholic priest from Solihull has been cleared of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl. Father Edward Simpson, of Olton Friary, was accused of committing the offence at the home of a devout Catholic family in the mid-1980s. The woman had claimed Simpson, routinely known as Father Ted, groped her beneath her top and put part…

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Widow of Chris Macrow is overwhelmed by donations

Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of a popular Solihull theatre boss – as his heartbroken wife declared “the show must go on”. Chris Macrow died in hospital eight days after he fell from his bike in Tanworth-In-Arden on 6th September. The 54-year-old Blues fan, who co-founded Solihull Theatre Company, suffered a serious…

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Retired Solihull school teacher faces fourth sex offence charge

A retired Solihull school teacher, who has been charged with sexual offences against teenage boys in the 1980s, has been charged with a further offence. John Patton, who worked at Kingshurst School in Cooks Lane, Chelmsley Wood, has been charged with a fourth count of indecent assault. The charge comes as the 73-year-old, from Coventry,…

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Solihull man charged with Home Office website attack and possessing indecent images of children

A Solihull man will appear in court this morning (22nd October) charged with computer misuse offences and possessing indecent images of children. Charlton George Ripley Floate, of Glendon Way in Dorridge, is charged with conspiracy to commit computer misuse, possessing indecent images of children, possessing prohibited images of children and possession of extreme pornography. The…

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Mum’s support wins a surprise Beacon award

A ‘wonderful and amazing’ mother has been handed a top award from the Lymphoma Association for the support she gave her daughter when she was diagnosed with the disease last year. Anne Rendle, mum of business woman and fundraiser Charity Hewitt, from Hockley Heath was handed a Beacon of Hope Award in London at a…

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Woman taken to major trauma centre after being trapped in wreckage of car for over an hour

A woman was trapped in the wreckage of the car she was driving for the best part of an hour after a crash in Warwickshire that damaged two other vehicles and a house. The crash happened at the junction of Warwick Road and New Road near Henley-in-Arden just before 4.50pm this afternoon (20th). Two ambulances…

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Man arrested over sexual assault on 957 bus

Police investigating a sex attack on a 957 bus have arrested a man this afternoon. The 64-year-old from Solihull was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault having attended Solihull Police Station earlier today (Monday 20th October 2014). The crime happened at around 3.00pm on Saturday 19th July when a 23-year-old woman was assaulted before being…

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Ebola screening to start next week at Birmingham Airport

Public Health England have announced this morning Ebola screening will be extended to Birmingham Airport next week. Chief Executive, Duncan Selbie, says that once existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had “settled”, they would be rolled out to other ports of entry. Staff will check passengers who are arriving…

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