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Woman organises charity cycle in memory of late Silhillian husband 

23 Sep 17

Student Marketing Manager, Sophie Oldacres has organised the two-day bike ride setting off on Saturday (September 23) to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research charity.


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Editor’s Comment on online grooming, and letters in this week’s Solihull Observer 

22 Sep 17

ONLINE grooming and sexual exploitation of children is as unacceptably prevalent as it is sickening.


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Cuts to counter-terrorism slammed by West Midlands police chief 

22 Sep 17

CUTS to the counter-terrorism budget of 7.2 per cent mean the government is ‘failing in its duty’, claims West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jami…


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RCS’s Coriolanus review: modern political parallels brought to the fore 

22 Sep 17

Examination of the use and abuse of power and influence hits the spot in the end after a slightly muddy journey…


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Touchwood shopping centre to dim lights to raise awareness of autism 

22 Sep 17

TOUCHWOOD in Solihull will be standing in solidarity for Autism Hour this autumn.


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RSC’s Kingdom Come review: striking visuals bring English Civil War to life 

22 Sep 17

Created and directed by Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard, this intriguing piece makes the most of the Other Place’s other places…


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Reports of children caught in domestic abuse rise by one third in a year, says NSPCC 

22 Sep 17

THE number of people reporting concerns about children caught up in domestic abuse has dramatically risen by a third in the West Midlands in a year, says NSPCC…


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Legal action continues against travellers in Solihull 

21 Sep 17

LEGAL action is being taken against a group of travellers which had set up camp in Hillfield Park in Solihull.


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Sheldon hit and run victim has part of leg amputated and police issue new appeal 

21 Sep 17

A 26-year-old victim of a hit and run in Sheldon has had his leg amputated.


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School head calls for action over ‘dangerous’ pre-teens’ social media habits 

21 Sep 17

A WARNING over ‘dangerous’ and ‘inappropriate’ social media trends among pre-teens has been issued by a ‘deeply concerned’ Solihull headteacher.


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Couple who BOTH have breast cancer raise awareness of rare male disease 

20 Sep 17

A HUSBAND and wife-to-be who both have breast cancer are now raising awareness of the condition in men and well as women.


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Drivers warned of delays during Kenilworth Horse Fair 

20 Sep 17

Visitors should expect the area to be exceptionally busy this weekend (23 and 24) when the fair takes place on Thick Thorn Island on Leamington Road.


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Pedestrian, 26, in critical condition after hit and run in Sheldon 

20 Sep 17

A 26-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries in a hit and run collision in Sheldon.


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Record-breaking year for Lily Mae Balsall Common Fun Run 

19 Sep 17

ORGANISERS of the fourth Balsall Common Fun Run have paid tribute to everyone who took part in a record-breaking event.


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Online sex predator of girls jailed for 15 years 

19 Sep 17

A 30-YEAR-OLD man posed as a young Justin Bieber look-a-like online to lure schoolgirls from Coventry and across the UK into sending him indecent webcam images.


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Knife campaign this week to tackle crime across West Midlands 

18 Sep 17

Police across the West Midlands are going ‘all out’ on knife crime in a week of targeted activity.


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Bid for UK City of Culture is for entire region, says West Midlands mayor Andy Street 

15 Sep 17

WEST Midlands mayor Andy Street says Coventry’s bid to become UK City of Culture is for the entire region.


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‘Massive’ traveller encampment sets up home in Tudor Grange Park 

15 Sep 17

The group of around 30 vans arrived last night and is thought to be part of the same community setting up illegal camps across the borough.


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Solihull school children to raise road safety awareness 

15 Sep 17

For the ninth year running, school uniform specialist Recognition Express in Solihull is holding the competition open to primary school pupils in the area.


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New gun surrender scheme launched to get firearms off streets 

15 Sep 17

ANYONE holding a firearm in the West Midlands region is being asked to hand it in to police as part of the force’s first gun surrender scheme in three years.


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Severe disruption for train commuters today in West Midlands region after fire 

15 Sep 17

RAIL COMMUTERS in the Coventry and West Midlands region are facing major disruption this morning due to fire in London north of Euston station.


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Pollock aims to master all formats following contract extension 

14 Sep 17

WARWICKSHIRE batsman Ed Pollock is targeting first-team cricket in all formats after signing a contract extension until the end of the 2018 season.


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INTERVIEW: Newman jets off to World Finals 

14 Sep 17

A BOROUGH strongman is hoping to top his already remarkable story by landing gold in the World Powerlifting Championships in the Czech Republic this weekend.


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Train operators tight-lipped on reinstating Berkswell commuter service amid families’ campaign 

14 Sep 17

In May, London Midland scrapped the 8.21am service to Birmingham New Street – which was so in demand that campaigners described it as being like the London Tube…


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INTERVIEW: Harrop eyes Champions League spot with Birmingham City Ladies 

14 Sep 17

CHAMPIONS League football is on the mind of Birmingham City Ladies defender Kerys Harrop.


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Edwardians crash to heavy defeat 

14 Sep 17

OLD Edwardians crashed to a 44-point defeat against Telford Hornets on Saturday, writes Ben Holt.


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Solihull fun run enjoys sweet success 

14 Sep 17

Solihull’s tastiest fun run raised over £10,000 for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.


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School Streets message handed out to parents during scheme’s first week 

13 Sep 17

ONE WEEK on from the start of a controversial traffic-busting scheme which means parents can’t drive or park in the streets surrounding their childrens’ schools and the message is still being put out…


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Solihull Hospital volunteers honoured at special ceremony 

13 Sep 17

DEDICATED Solihull Hospital volunteers have been handed top awards for their years of service at a special ceremony.


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£37m compensation fund to victims of ‘butcher’ breast surgeon Ian Paterson ‘not good enough’ 

13 Sep 17

Victims say the compensation is not enough and has taken too long.


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Npower employees take a hike and raise funds for Macmillian Cancer Support 

13 Sep 17

INTREPID explorers put their best foot forward to help raise funds for Macmillian Cancer Support.


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Shirley mum set to take on yoga challenge for Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

13 Sep 17

Hannah Hackett is limbering up ready to take on nine-and-a-half hours of yoga in honour of her toddler who has a congenital heart condition.


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Solihull Hospital patients raise funds for charity 

12 Sep 17

KIND-HEARTED patients at Solihull Hospital put their best foot forward and help raise £1,000.


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Magnificant seven guides Highgate past first FA Vase hurdle 

12 Sep 17

A MAGNIFICANT seven helped Highgate record a comprehensive win against Ellesmere Rangers in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.


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Heavy rain washes away slim Berkswell title hopes 

12 Sep 17

HEAVY rain washed out any remote chance Berkswell had of retaining their Birmingham Premier League title.


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Solihull racer Knight signals title intent with dominant win in Birmingham 

12 Sep 17

STAR cyclist Jacob Knight sent a message of intent to his West Midlands Cyclo Cross League rivals by storming to the chequered flag in Birmingham.


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Police issue weather warning before Storm Aileen hits 

12 Sep 17

Warning of trees toppling and risk on roads.


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Touchwood handed Green Apple Award for recycling scheme 

12 Sep 17

TOUCHWOOD has been handed a prestigious award for its recycling project for the second year running.


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RSC unveil summer 2018 season – Christopher Eccleston to star as Macbeth 

12 Sep 17

Christopher Eccleston will make his RSC debut in Stratford next year as Macbeth.


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Silhillians urged to donate old pound coins and help vulnerable children 

12 Sep 17

TELEVISION presenter Jennie Bond is urging Silhillians to donate their old pounds to help Barnardo’s change the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.


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Eric fighting fit thanks to vet following shoelace supper 

12 Sep 17

A Yorkshire Terrier who munched through a shoelace three times his own length is none the worse for wear thanks to the swift actions of a Warwick vet.


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Relegation looms for helpless Warwickshire 

12 Sep 17

RELEGATION looms for Warwickshire following nine seasons in the top flight of County Championship cricket following a 169-run defeat to Somerset.


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Solihull MP presses ministers for action on travellers 

11 Sep 17

SOLIHULL MP Julian Knight is seeking a review in the law on governing traveller encampments following recent incidents in the borough.


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Dominant Bees defeat Bournville with impressive attacking display 

11 Sep 17

A DOZEN points would’ve been enough to see Birmingham and Solihull Bees to victory against Bournville on Saturday.


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REPORT: Moors remain rooted to relegation zone following Macclesfield loss 

11 Sep 17

HEAVY rain in the build-up to Solihull Moors’ National League clash against Macclesfield on Saturday proved not to be the only dampener as Liam McDonald’s men slipped to sixth league loss of the seaso…


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INTERVIEW: ‘We’re not celebrating just yet’ says K&D skipper Reddish ahead of championship decider 

11 Sep 17

THE champagne is on ice for Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club as the first team require just one more league point to secure the Birmingham Premier League title.


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Coppice Junior School on the look out for memories for 80th anniversary celebrations 

11 Sep 17

PREPARATIONS are well under way for Coppice Junior School’s 80th anniversary celebrations later this month.


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Puppy walkers wanted for future West Midlands Police dogs 

11 Sep 17

THE latest four-legged additions to the West Midlands Police family are looking for temporary homes.


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Government must find money for scrapping public sector pay cap, says police chief 

11 Sep 17

THE government’s promise of lifting the cap on police pay will lead to job losses unless ministers fully fund the rise, warns West Midlands’ PCC.


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Harry’z Young Starz Awards: Deadline approaching for Charity Award 

11 Sep 17

THE DEADLINE for nominations in the Charity Award category in the Observer-supported Harry’z Young Starz Awards is looming.


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Nordic walking group from Solihull to brave Morecambe Bay sands 

11 Sep 17

But not Silhillian Hazel Jonas, and her Nordic walking group, which is preparing to journey across the perilous terrain of Morecambe Bay in aid of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT).


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Politics, food, Moomins and more at Straford Literary Festival 

11 Sep 17

Politics, food, Moomins and more is on the menu in Stratford Literary Festival ‘s autumn season.


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Birmingham Commonwealth Games boost welcomed in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull 

9 Sep 17

BIRMINGHAM’S selection as the potential UK bid for the Commonwealth Games has been welcomed in Coventry and Warwickshire.


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Two men arrested at Birmingham Airport on terror offences 

8 Sep 17

OFFICERS from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command have arrested two men at Birmingham Airport.


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The Cherry Orchard opens new season at Leamington’s Loft Theatre 

8 Sep 17

Chekhov’s classic The Cherry Orchard marks the opening of the new season at Leamington’s Loft Theatre.


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Family moving to Holland to get medical cannabis treatment for severely epileptic son 

8 Sep 17

A mum is moving her family to Holland so her five year-old son who suffers with severe epilepsy can be legally treated with medical cannabis.


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Range Rover like no other created for multi-millionaire entrepreneur 

7 Sep 17

A Range Rover like no other has been created for a Midlands multi-millionaire entrepreneur – take a look at the photos here.


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‘Lucky escape’ as wall collapses near Powergen site 

7 Sep 17

A FAMILY with young children says it had a lucky escape when a brick wall collapsed in the garden during the school holidays.


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Travellers at Shirley Park for second time in a month 

6 Sep 17

THE ONGOING issue of travellers setting up camp illegally in the borough continued as they descended on Shirley Park for the second time in less than a month.


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Campaign to bring back commuter train from Berkswell given new lease of life 

6 Sep 17

A CAMPAIGN to re-instate a commuter train from Berkswell to Birmingham New Street has been given a new lease of life.