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Solihull father raises £20,000 in 500-mile Spanish trek in memory of his son 

30 Jul 16

DORRIDGE resident Andy Foote has completed the world-renowned 500-mile Camino de Santiago walk across northern Spain, raising over £20,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.


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Sky’s the limit for Solihull’s TV hopeful, Rainbow Man 

30 Jul 16

THE FUTURE is looking bright for a Solihull teenager known as Rainbow Man, who has big plans to start up his own children’s TV show.


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Reg Keys launches appeal to fund legal action for British soldiers killed in Iraq War 

30 Jul 16

THE FAMILIES of the 179 servicemen killed in the second Iraq War have launched an online funding appeal to help them take legal action against the people responsible for their deaths.


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‘Bad weather’ delays Solihull speed camera switch-on 

29 Jul 16

THE BIG switch-on of Solihull’s new speed cameras has been cancelled at the last minute after bad weather delayed work.


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Have your say on new M42 service station plans 

29 Jul 16

“The proposed Motorway Service Area will provide investment, hundreds of jobs and opportunities for businesses to provide locally sourced produce.


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Sporting talent in Solihull to be celebrated at prestigious awards 

29 Jul 16

A CEREMONY to celebrate and recognise some of Solihull’s brightest sporting talent took place at The Core earlier this month where a collection of prestigious awards were handed out.


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Fire believed to caused by cannabis cultivation has left two men injured 

28 Jul 16

AN EXPLOSION believe to caused by cannabis cultivation has sparked in the bathroom of a property in Smith’s Wood leaving two men injured.


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Blues Ladies boss David Parker admits Champions League dream is all but over after Reading draw 

28 Jul 16

THE TASK of qualifying for the Women’s Champions League is now ‘monumental’ according to Birmingham City Ladies boss David Parker after watching his side drop two points away at Reading Ladies on Sunday.


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Transformed Dorridge garden opened to public to raise funds for charity. 

28 Jul 16

A BEAUTIFUL garden has been redesigned as part of the National Garden Scheme and will be revealed this weekend to raise funds for vital palliative end-of-life care.


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Liam Delves celebrates 16th birthday with podium finish at Thruxton 

28 Jul 16

IT WAS the perfect celebration for teenager Liam Delves who secured a fourth and third place finish on his 16th birthday in his two races in round five of the Motostar British Moto 3 standard class at Thruxton.


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‘One of a kind’ Birmingham Airport worker saves cancer-stricken family’s holiday 

28 Jul 16

A ‘ONE of a kind’ Birmingham Airport employee, who helped a family struck by cancer reach their destination when their summer holiday plans looked doomed when their chicken pox-suffering boy was kicked off a plane, has been praised for her …


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Helicopter over Solihull skies following reports of man ‘brandishing weapon’ 

27 Jul 16

A HELICOPTER took the skies above Solihull as police investigated reports of a man brandishing a weapon.


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More funding needed for ‘increasingly complex crimes’ says West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner 

27 Jul 16

THE GOVERNMENT needs to do more to help police forces tackle the changing nature of crime, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has argued.


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Ben Watkins wins a record breaking eleventh singles championship title at Solihull Tennis Club 

27 Jul 16

THE BENEFITS of having Spanish coaches over from Barcelona to help Solihull Tennis Club has already paid off after Ben Watkins winning the club’s singles championship for a record successive 11th year.


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Knowle & Dorridge win T20 Birmingham League 

27 Jul 16

KNOWLE Dorridge Cricket Club won the 2016 Birmingham League T20 on Sunday at Bridgnorth Cricket club with comprehensive victories over Bromsgrove CC in the semi final and Walsall CC in the final.


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Additional 210 homes in Hall Green will have significant impact on school and medical services warns councillor 

27 Jul 16

A HALL GREEN councillor has expressed her concerns for the area’s infrastructure after it was confirmed last week that the borough’s popular greyhound racing stadium is to make way for 210 new homes.


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Solihull residents advised to download app and keep internet hackers at bay 

26 Jul 16

SILHILLIANS are being advised to download the latest software and app updates as soon as they are available to keep hackers at bay.


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Cycling success for Solihull Cycling Club’s Cameron Biddle 

26 Jul 16

ALVECHURCH cyclist Cameron Biddle turned on the style to finish eighth out of 100 riders in the Junior Tour of Ireland.


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Heavy defeat for battling Birmingham Bulldogs 

26 Jul 16

COVENTRY Dragons proved why they are sitting top of the Midlands League South division after inflicting a 82-16 win over Birmingham Bulldogs to maintain their 100 per cent winning record.


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Fire service warns Pokemon Go players to stay safe while ‘Catching ‘Em All’ 

26 Jul 16

AS POKÉMON GO sweeps the West Midlands, the fire service urging gamers to play safe.


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Adventurous students fly out to Mexico to build two houses for vulnerable families 

25 Jul 16

A TEAM of ten adventurous students from Grace Academy have reached for spades and shovels to built two houses for less fortunate families in Mexico.


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Warwickshire ace Darren Maddy leads Berkswell charge against Kenilworth Wardens 

25 Jul 16

A FINE display of bowling from Nick James and Gert Cloete, combined with an innings of quality from Darren Maddy enabled Berkswell to keep up the impetus to clinch their first Premier League title.


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Dorridge increase lead at the top after Moseley victory 

25 Jul 16

DORRIDGE opened up a ten point gap over Smethwick at the top of Division One after they defeated Moseley at home by four wickets.


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Historic Solihull house goes up for sale 

25 Jul 16

AN HISTORIC part of the borough is set to go into private ownership as Solihull College has put Tudor Grange House on the market.


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Bella Linden bags first Birmingham City Ladies as David Parker’s side are made to settle for a point 

24 Jul 16

Reading Ladies 1-1 Birmingham City Ladies Women’s Super League
BELLA Linden rescued a point for Birmingham City Ladies away at Reading but David Parker’s side could perhaps feel disappointed not to come away from Wycombe with all three after …


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West Midlands paramedics prepare for Three Peaks ultra-challenge 

24 Jul 16

A PARAMEDIC is preparing to climb more than 11,000 feet and cycle nearly 500 miles in an ultra-challenge to raise money for Alzheimers research.


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LOOK: Charity beard shave reveals the ‘many faces’ of Peter 

24 Jul 16

A BEARDED man took his facial hair through various styles and fashions to help raise funds for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).


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Solihull Moors taste heavy defeat against League One outfit 

24 Jul 16

LEAGUE One side Shrewsbury Town made easy work of Solihull Moors after recording a comfortable 4-0 victory over Marcus Bignot’s side at the Automated Technology Stadium on Saturday.


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Solihull councillor cheats death in free tree accident 

24 Jul 16

A SOLIHULL councillor narrowly escaped death by a ‘mere four foot’ when an oak tree branch broke off and crashed into his car earlier this week.


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Sick Acocks Green teen arrives at prom in style 

23 Jul 16

SIRENS SOUNDED as a teenager with a rare life-limiting condition arrived at his school prom in the back of an ambulance.


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Skipper Theo Streete picks up nasty injury as Solihull Moors beat Marwell 

23 Jul 16

ANDY Brown scored the only goal of the game as Solihull Moors beat Marwell 1-0 but the visitors were dealt an injury blow in the shape of skipper Theo Streete.


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‘Batman’ PC is Hampton-in-Arden hero 

23 Jul 16

‘BATMAN’ has saved the day in Hampton-in-Arden, rescuing several rare species of bat from a rogue developer.


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Plans tabled for Robbin Hood Cemetery renovations 

23 Jul 16

PLANS to extend and renovate the crematorium at Robin Hood Cemetery have been put forward.


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Angry Smith’s Wood pensioner refuses to move in kerb protest 

22 Jul 16

A DISABLED pensioner staged a silent protest forcing contractors to tarmac around her after Solihull Council ignored her requests to put in a drop-kerb.


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West Midlands Police hunt illegal off-road bikers 

22 Jul 16

POLICE are on the hunt to find dozens of illegal off-road bikers who wreaked havoc across the borough earlier this month – driving through public parks and obstructing oncoming traffic.


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Hundreds of jobs to be lost as residents reduced to tears following decision to bulldoze Hall Green Stadium 

22 Jul 16

I’ve had people on the phone to me crying saying their lives are over, it’s a devastating loss to the community but I’m going to continue fighting for justice.


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Solihull school speed trial ends as drivers flout limits 

22 Jul 16

A FOUR-YEAR trial to introduce 20mph zones outside four borough schools has shockingly been axed – because motorists were ignoring the new speed limit.


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Public exhibitions for proposed new Motorway Service Area to take place next week 

21 Jul 16

Have your say on the proposals for the M42 Junction 4 Motorway Service Area Read More…


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Highgate United preparing for new 2016/17 season 

21 Jul 16

IT LOOKS set to be a case of ‘as you were’ for Highgate Town for the 2016/17 campaign with the majority of the squad from last season sticking around for another year.


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Heavy defeat for Solihull Moors at the hands of Championship side Walsall 

20 Jul 16

A FULL strength Walsall team demolished Solihull Moors 5-0 on Saturday but it was deliberate test by manager Marcus Bignot to see how his side would fair against a superior opposition and more importantly how they would learn from the experience, …


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Fab five turn on the style for Solihull & Small Heath Athletic Club 

20 Jul 16

THERE were some impressive performances from a quintet of Solihull Small Heath Athletic Club aces when they represented their county at the prestigious English Schools’ Track Field Championships in Gateshead.


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Girls team in urgent plea for new coaches 

20 Jul 16

THE LARGEST girls football team in the Central Warwickshire League is facing the prospect of not being able to field teams next season because they have no manager.


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Put the ball in your court at Solihull tennis club 

19 Jul 16

BUDDING Andy Murrays and Heather Watsons are being invited to join a summer holiday tennis camp being staged at a Solihull tennis club.


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Solihull Moors and AFC Telford draw a blank in pre-season encounter 

19 Jul 16

SOLIHULL Moors came away from AFC Telford with a clean sheet following Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw which saw Marcus Bignot stick with the same starting 11 for the entire friendly fixture.


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Feeling ‘ot ‘ot ‘ot: Sea Life Centre residents cope in the summer heatwave 

19 Jul 16

AS TEMPERATURES continue to rise, residents at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham are making the most of the ‘ot weather.


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Berkswell are bubbling ahead of key clash thanks to victory over West Bromwich Dartmouth 

18 Jul 16

PACE-SETTERS Berkswell will head into Saturday’s crunch clash against neighbours Kenilworth Wardens in buoyant mood after extending their lead at the top of the Premier Division of the Birmingham League.


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Solihull Blossomfield see lead cut after Nether Whitacre defeat 

18 Jul 16

SOLIHULL Blossomfield’s lead at the top of Warwickshire League Division 2 has been reduced to 16 points following a disappointing winning draw at home to Nether Whitacre.


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‘Nuisance’ neighbour handed injunction by Solihull Council 

18 Jul 16

A WOMAN who committed a strong of anti-social behaviour offences has been handed a civil injunction by Solihull Council.


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Solihull children’s services ‘requires improvement’, says Ofsted report 

18 Jul 16

“WE ACCEPT we need to be better and I’m glad Ofsted agree that we’ve got the foundations in place to achieve this.


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Walk will pay tribute to Dickens Heath teen Sophie Drozdzik 

17 Jul 16

“HOW do you define the loss of one of your children? How do you articulate the impact of such a loss to a parent, on a family or to a group of friends? There simply are no words, just a void, endless, painful and utterly unbearable.


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Birmingham City Ladies extend unbeaten run to nine matches with Sunderland victory 

17 Jul 16

BIRMINGHAM City Ladies left it late but eventually found a way past a stubborn Sunderland side two minutes from time to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches, reports Steve Carpenter.


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Monkspath family fund day will raise vital fund for five-year-old cancer victim 

17 Jul 16

A FAMILY FUN day to raise vital funds for a brave cancer victim who has started treatment in America will be held in the borough on Saturday, July 30.


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Brexist deals must work for Midlands car industry, Meriden MP urges 

17 Jul 16

“BREXIT-deals must recognise the needs of the car industry.


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LOOK: Mum pulls child from car’s path in Hall Green 

16 Jul 16

A PETRIFIED mother and her young daughter have cheated death after a careless driver jumped a red-light at a pelican crossing in Hall Green, narrowly missing the stunned pair.


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Bookbenches pop up around the borough to celebrate The Big Read 

16 Jul 16

THE VERY Hungry Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter and Alice will be popping up around Solihull this summer as part of The Big Read trail thanks to creative youngsters from across the borough.


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Solihull MPs and business leaders welcome Theresa May as Prime Minister 

16 Jul 16

SOLIHULL’S politicians and business leaders have welcomed Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister.


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Former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire cleared in fraud case 

15 Jul 16

A FORMER UKIP MEP cleared of expenses fraud has criticised police for leading a ‘vanity case’ against her, costing the taxpayer an alleged £1.5million to recoup just £3,200.


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Solihull Scrabble star prepares to take on fellow wordsmiths in UK championships 

15 Jul 16

A SCRABBLE player from Solihull is set to take on the country’s finest at the UK Scrabble Masters this weekend – and she is the only woman taking part.


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Grace Academy Solihull host family fun day tomorrow 

15 Jul 16

SPORTS-mad youngsters will have the chance to shoot hoops with the Birmingham As or try their hand at archery and boxing in a fun-packed family fun day at Grace Academy Solihull.


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Boxing hopeful Elise Glynne gets knockout cash boost ahead of European Junior Championships 

15 Jul 16

A BOROUGH teenage pro-boxing hopeful has received a cash boost to help fund her efforts in the ring after being recognised by a national company.