Police warn ahead of Pegida UK protest in Bickenhill “We won’t tolerate trouble”

West Midlands Police has finalised plans ahead of a protest by Pegida UK tomorrow (Saturday 2nd April) – and warned it will come down hard on anyone intent on causing trouble. The force has been negotiating with organisers for several weeks and agreed a protest site in Birmingham International Business Park a short walk from…

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Woman and two children injured following multi-vehicle collision on M6

A collision involving multiple cars and a lorry has left a woman and two children in hospital this evening. Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 6 and 5 (Castle Bromwich) just before 5.00pm today (Thursday). West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff had 11 patients…

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Woman suffers serious injuries after falling down a lift shaft in Solihull

A woman, in her 20s, has suffered serious injuries after falling down a lift shaft in Starbucks on Solihull High Street. Emergency services were despatched to the scene after a 999 call at 12.35pm today. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that the woman in her 20s had tried to…

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Solihull man first to take on 310-MILE desert run for charity

A former soldier from Solihull will become the first man to take on a gruelling 310-MILE run in the blistering 55 degree desert heat to raise money for charity. Gavin Sandford, 42, will take on the Marathon Des Sables – but will first pound the previous year’s 250km route in the Sahara Desert – before…

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Clearance of former Powergen site in Shirley begins

Clearance of the former Powergen site on Stratford Road and Haslucks Green Road in Shirley has now begun. The building is to be demolished and surrounding area regenerated. A £75 million scheme is being led by Shirley Advance (developer of nearby Parkgate) and will include a 261-unit ExtraCare retirement village, 113 new houses comprising 57 two…

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Funeral of ‘Bomber Boy’ Solihull war veteran attracts scores of well wishers

He fought bravely during WWII and now Solihull war veteran Ken Trueman has finally been laid to rest during a service at Robin Hood Crematorium. The ceremony was attended by scores of people – including members of the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association. Ken died on 30th January at the age of…

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Inspirational Solihull mum Kellie Wheeler dies aged just 35 after losing skin cancer battle

A brave Solihull mum-of-three who urged people to take care in the sun after being diagnosed with skin cancer has died at home, surrounded by her loving family. Kellie Wheeler, 35, lost her battle against stage four advanced melanoma on Tuesday (22/03). She passed away with her family by her side, her close friend Sarah…

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World’s largest passenger plane arrives at Birmingham Airport

Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, arrived at Birmingham Airport today ahead of its first flight departing from there later this week. At 238ft long and 566 tons, it is 40 per cent larger than any other passenger plane. A380s will fly to Dubai from Birmingham Airport daily, for the first time, with the…

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Teenagers arrested after boy threatened with hammer in Solihull

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of robbery this afternoon (21st March) after a teenage boy was threatened with a hammer and had his phone stolen. The 18 and 17-year-old were arrested by police officers on Blossomfield Road near Alderbrook School and a hammer has been recovered from the scene. The road was blocked…

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Police appeal for witnesses after motorcyclist dies in collision on Collector Road

West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist sadly died in a local collision yesterday (Sunday 20th March). Christopher Clarke from Yardley was travelling on a blue Yamaha which was in collision with a black Toyota Auris on the A452 Collector Road near Chelmsley Wood at around 3.50pm. The 32-year-old was confirmed dead…

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