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Pups deliver a festive message 

19 Dec 14

FURRY friends have been on hand to lend a helping paw with West Midlands Policeamp;#039;s countdown to Christmas.


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Needless 999 calls could push crews beyond limit 

18 Dec 14

STOP, think and be sensible – that is the plea of emergency service staff stretched to breaking point across the region this Christmas who fear misuse and abuse of the emergency services could result in there being amp;#039;no room at the innamp;#039…


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Rare book discovery interests scholars 

17 Dec 14

A COPY of Shakespeareamp;#039;s First Folio found gathering dust in a small French town could provide clues to how the plays were first performed.


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Dog’s life helps raise cash 

15 Dec 14

SILHILLIAN employment specialists experienced a day in the life of a deaf person to mark a fundraising milestone.


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Chamber chief to step down 

12 Dec 14

LONG-SERVING chief executive Jerry Blackett is to leave Solihull and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce after nine years at the helm of the business organisation.


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Record Poppy Appeal to mark cenetenary of WWI 

11 Dec 14

SOLIHULLamp;#039;S annual Poppy Appeal has smashed all previous records, making the poignant centenary year of WWI a landmark fundraising year.


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Terror threat sparks police warning 

11 Dec 14

A amp;#039;TERRORISTamp;#039; threat to kidnap and murder a serving police officer sent shock-waves across the West Midlands force this week.


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Trust named among worst for complaints 

8 Dec 14

UNDER-FIRE Heart of England NHS Trust has been named and shamed as one of the worst in the country for patient complaints.


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Developers unveil new M42 service area plan 

4 Dec 14

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new Motorway Service Area (MSA) in the heart of the Solihull countryside – between Hampton in Arden and Catherine de Barnes – have been unveiled.


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Keeping warm is campaign’s aim 

2 Dec 14

KEEP WARM, keep well – thatamp;#039;s the message Age UK are sending out to vulnerable and older residents across the borough this winter.


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Planning helped hospital cope 

1 Dec 14

PLANNING ahead was the key to keeping disruption to a minimum during Mondayamp;#039;s (November 24) NHS strikes according to Solihull Hospital.


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Santa says let there be snow 

28 Nov 14

THE FESTIVE season is now in full swing in Solihull town centre following the weekendamp;#039;s spectacular light switch-on.


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The countdown to Christmas has begun 

27 Nov 14

THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas began in Shirley as townsfolk turned out for the annual lights switch-on.


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Carol singers wanted 

27 Nov 14

SOLIHULL Hospital is calling for local singers and musicians who would like to take part in a Christmas Carol evening -€“ singing carols around the wards.


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Dorridge Sainsbury’s opens its doors 

26 Nov 14

A LINE was drawn under years of controversy, disputes and disagreements as Sainsburyamp;#039;s opened its new supermarket in the heart of Dorridge this week.


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Lily Mae Foundation Little Shining Lights Christmas Service 

26 Nov 14

A CHRISTMAS remembrance service is being held to celebrate the lives of stillborn babies.


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Star and Garter bring wedding to Grandma Joan 

26 Nov 14

WHEN Solihull grandmother Joan Senior had to miss her grandson\’s wedding The Royal Star amp;amp; Garter Homes came to the rescue.


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Join the Lions for their Festive Walk 

26 Nov 14

WHAT better way to work off the Christmas seasonamp;#039;s excesses than the annual Lions Festive Walk.


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Action on ambulance attacks 

25 Nov 14

PHYSICAL and verbal attacks on paramedics are an everyday problem say West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) bosses.


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Solihull starlet on X factor 

20 Nov 14

SOLIHULLamp;#039;S sweetheart Lucy Martin made a guest appearance on the hit TV show The X Factor last weekend.


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Levi Blu parents in court 

20 Nov 14

THE PARENTS of a Castle Bromwich toddler are on trial for the murder of their son – Levi Blu Cassin – who died last year.


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Cuts may close police counters 

20 Nov 14

SHIRLEY Police Station and the Bluebell Centre in Chelmsley Wood will close their doors to the public in the next 12 months as part of sweeping cutbacks by West Midlands Police.


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Man wanted in connection with Shirley attempted abduction 

20 Nov 14

THIS is the face of a man police want to trace inconnection with an attempted abduction of a Shirley schoolgirl a fortnight ago.


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‘Super Council’ devil is in the detail says chief 

18 Nov 14

THE WEST Midlands can become the lynchpin for the national economic recovery – claims council leaders who are have agreed a historic deal to create a amp;#039;super authorityamp;#039; in the region.


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BID secures second term 

17 Nov 14

SOLIHULL Business Improvement District – BID – will run for another five years after vote of confidence from town centre businesses who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the scheme which was launched in 2009.


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‘Clear failures’ prompt Trust chief to resign 

14 Nov 14

THE CHIEF executive of the troubled Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust (HEFT) has dramatically resigned after health watchdog Monitor slammed the leadership of the Trust.


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Police dog JJ is a credit to the hero he’s named after 

13 Nov 14

THE MEMORY of a fallen soldier from Warwickshire is living on in a West Midlands Police dog who has already been tracking down criminals in Acocks Green.


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Knowle takes time to remember 

13 Nov 14

VILLAGERS in Knowle turned out in force to pay their respects to soldiers past and present.


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Garden City consultation begins 

12 Nov 14

COUNCIL leader Bob Sleigh is calling on Silhillians to have their say on what they want to see around the proposed HS2 interchange station.


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Parking shake-up to wait on new store 

10 Nov 14

PLANS for a radical shake-up of parking restrictions in Dorridge have been scaled back for further consideration when the new Sainsburyamp;#039;s is up and running.


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Solihull School remembers war heroes 

7 Nov 14

REMEMBERING the vital role former pupils and the town played during the First World War will be at the heart of discussions on Monday (November 10).


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Councillors hit out at People Like Us 

7 Nov 14

COUNCILLORS have hit out at controversial documentary which follows the lives of residents of Chelmsley Wood.


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Seven poppy appeal tins taken by thieves 

6 Nov 14

WICKED and deplorable – that is how police have described the theft of Poppy Appeal tins from seven shops across the borough.


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Stroke survivor aiming to raise awareness 

3 Nov 14

A SOLIHULL stroke survivor has joined the Stroke Associationamp;#039;s latest campaign to raise awareness of the impact of stroke on women.


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Celebrating Silver Sunday 

31 Oct 14

ELDERLY villagers were presented with a green-fingered treat from a local charity to celebrate Silver Sunday.


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Sumatran Tigers get in the Halloween spirit 

30 Oct 14

IT MIGHT just look like a traditional Halloween game, but introducing items such as ropes, poles, or in this case a carved pumpkin, into the Sumatran Tiger Reserve at West Midland Safari Park is an essential and important part of the Parkamp;#039;s …


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Touchwood expansion deal approved 

29 Oct 14

A MAJOR deal has been signed by Solihull Council and the owners of Touchwood, Lend Lease, to expand the award-shopping centre.


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Dementia award for Royal Star and Garter 

29 Oct 14

A SOLIHULL care home which puts is residents at the heart of its work has been awarded the highest accolade achievable for its care of dementia sufferers.


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Anger at HS2 depot bid 

28 Oct 14

COUNCIL leaders have written to Parliament opposing efforts to locate a HS2 depot in Solihull.


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Hospital bosses prepared for Ebola 

27 Oct 14

BOSSES at the Heart of England Trust (HEFT) are prepared to tackle any potential outbreak of the Ebola virus.


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Actress pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham 

24 Oct 14

SOLIHULL actress Kathryn Rooney has paid tribute to her amp;#039;great actress and friendamp;#039; Lynda Bellingham, who lost her brave battle with cancer this week.


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Tory cries foul over leaflet claims 

23 Oct 14

TRUTH bending and false allegations have caused a political stir ahead of next yearamp;#039;s General Election.


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1. Widow of Chris Macrow overwhelmed by donations 

22 Oct 14

THE WIDOW of Solihull theatre group chairman Chris Macrow says she has been overwhelmed by the response to his death after nearly Acirc;pound;12,000 was raised for charity in his memory.


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Extra free parking at hospitals 

21 Oct 14

FREE car parking has been extended to 30 minutes for motorists dropping off patients at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust\’s Hospital sites.


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Mum’s support wins a surprise Beacon award 

20 Oct 14

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.


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College Strike Called off 

17 Oct 14

STRIKE action by teaching staff at Solihull College was called-off at the eleventh hour after their employers blocked the action.


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Guide Dogs always amaze 

16 Oct 14

THE AMAZING work of Guide Dogs came under the spotlight in Touchwood as the charity used National Guide Dog Week to raise awareness, cash and support.


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New plan for dementia care in Solihull 

15 Oct 14

A LONG-TERM solution to the controversial closure of Solihull Hospitalamp;#039;s Ward 10 dementia unit has been announced.


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Poppy Appeal launched 

15 Oct 14

SOLIHULL Royal British Legion\’s annual Poppy Appeal has officially been launched – and organisers are hoping for yet another bumper fundraising year.


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Man appears in court charged with murder of parents 

14 Oct 14

A MAN has appeared in Court charged with the murders of his parents in Solihull earlier this year.


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PM and Chancellor drop in to borough 

10 Oct 14

THE CONSERVATIVE conference in Birmingham brought the partyamp;#039;s top brass to the borough.


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Deal struck on Gateway project 

9 Oct 14

CONTROVERSIAL plans to scrap the pelican crossings at the end of Solihull High Street and Herbert Road as part of the Acirc;pound;2.


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Thousands raised in Sam’s memory 

9 Oct 14

A MEMORIAL ice hockey match has raised vital funds for brain tumour charity.


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Hospital donation in memory of tragic mum 

8 Oct 14

FRIENDS and family of a young mum who died after a tragic accident when she was seven months pregnant have raised almost Acirc;pound;4,000 in her memory for the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital, Coventry where she was treated and where her …


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Solar farm set for refusal 

1 Oct 14

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a huge solar farm in the Meriden Gap could be blocked by councillors.


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Terror charges dropped against Moazzam Begg 

1 Oct 14

TERRORISM charges against former GuantAtilde;iexcl;namo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg have been dramatically dropped after the prosecution said there was insufficient evidence just five days before he was due to stand trial.


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Appeal to find missing teen 

29 Sep 14

FEARS are growing for the safety of a 13-year-old who went missing last week.


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Rory McGrath and Philip Pope are coming to Solihull this weekend. 

29 Sep 14

COMEDIANS Rory McGrath and Philip Pope will be taking to the Solihull Arts Complex stage this weekend for an amp;#039;ever-so-slightly-rudeamp;#039; evening of comedy and song.


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Fear after another attempted abduction 

25 Sep 14

POLICE have reiterated the amp;#039;Stranger Dangeramp;#039; message after the attempted abduction of a ten-year-old boy in Knowle at the weekend.


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Hero pilot warned of danger before fatal crash 

25 Sep 14

HERO pilot Robert Mansell, who died when he was forced to ditch his plane into the Caribbean sea, but whose brave actions saved all nine of his passengers, had warned flight company bosses about overweight aircraft just days before the tragedy – an …