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Plans for more homes at Digby Court submitted 

23 Jan 15

PLANS for the second phase of home building on the former Bishop Wilson School site have been handed to the Council.


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Global companies work together to drive innovation in Solihull 

22 Jan 15

AWARD winning financial technology software company Rimilia has been working to help renowned recruitment provider Adecco to improve efficiency of their cash allocation systems at their Solihull based offices.


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Life saving donation to remember Solihull dad 

22 Jan 15

A MUCH-LOVED father of three – who died of an undiagnosed heart condition aged just 43 – will be remembered at two schools thanks to his devoted wife.


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Lucky escape for four in M42 crash 

22 Jan 15

FOUR people escaped serious injury following a three car collision on the M42 motorway in Solihull.


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Parent killer Chang sent to secure hospital 

21 Jan 15

A SOLIHULL man who killed his mother and father in a frenzied attack has been sent to a secure psychiatric hospital.


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Gypsies set up camp in Hillfield Park 

21 Jan 15

GYPSIES have yet again returned to the borough – this time unwantedly descending on Hillfield Park.


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Kristian Murray Four Ashes Road Bentley Heath Tributes 

20 Jan 15

TRIBUTES adorn the roadside where amp;#039;much-lovedamp;#039; Kristian Murray lost his life last week.


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Battle over FGM is stepping up 

20 Jan 15

TRAINING health professionals, teachers and more support for survivors are key to fighting the battle against Female Genital Mutilation in the region.


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Tributes paid to Lewis and Sally Tonkinson 

19 Jan 15

A SIX-YEAR-OLD is recovering after surviving a plane crash in which his parents were killed.


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Campaigners slam new M42 Service station plans 

16 Jan 15

DOZENS of angry campaigners have joined forces to discuss their opposition to the proposed Motorway Service Area (MSA) in Catherine de Barnes.


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New deal paves way for growth in Solihull 

15 Jan 15

A Acirc;pound;350 million deal to create jobs and economic growth in Solihull, Birmingham and the surrounding area has been signed off by the Deputy Prime Minister and Council leaders.


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The Voice 2015 launch – London 

14 Jan 15

WITH its signature spinning red chairs and blind auditions,The Voice returned at the weekend with newest judge Rita Ora.


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Jaguar Lane Rover Solihull Jobs F-Pace 

14 Jan 15

JAGUAR Land Rover will create 1,300 jobs to build Jaguaramp;#039;s first sports utility vehicle (SUV) at its Solihull plant.


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Birmingham Muslim #foxnewsfacts 

14 Jan 15

MIDLANDERS have used humour and the power of social media to laugh off claims by a self-styled terrorism expert on US news channel Fox News that Birmingham was a amp;#039;totally Muslim cityamp;#039; and a place where non-Muslims did not go.


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Baddesley Clinton walkers put their best foot forward and raise 9000 

14 Jan 15

KIND-HEARTED festive walkers put their best foot forward and raised almost Acirc;pound;9,000.


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Search for missing Solihull care home resident 

13 Jan 15

POLICE are appealing for information to help trace a man who has been missing from a care home for almost a week.


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Family lead tributes to Georgina Johnson 

12 Jan 15

THE FAMILY of a woman who was killed in an accident just days before Christmas have paid tribute to a -€œwonderful wife, sister, daughter and friend-€.


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Solihull campaigner Riya Dandekar loses battle with cancer 

9 Jan 15

BRAVE cancer patient Ulrika \’Riya\’ Dandekar – who spent her last days campaigning for stem cell donors – has died at the age of 21.


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Former Aston Villa footballer Darius Vassell welcomes baby daughter 

8 Jan 15

FOOTBALL star Darius Vassell and his wife Amani are amp;#039;over the moonamp;#039; after welcoming in the new year with the arrival of their first child.


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Doting dad Darius Vassell welcomes baby daughter 

8 Jan 15

FOOTBALL star Darius Vassell and his wife Amani are amp;#039;over the moonamp;#039; after welcoming in the new year with the arrival of their first child.


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Accident and Emergency departments continue to feel the pressure 

7 Jan 15

RECORD levels of pressure on Aamp;amp;E departments across the country are being reflected at the already struggling Heart of England NHS Trust which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals.


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Bags of success 

6 Jan 15

THE GENEROSITY of big-hearted West Midlands folk has been praised by Al and Pam Sutton – organisers of Solihull-based forces charity Troop AID.


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Using Clare’s Law to check your partner’s violent past 

5 Jan 15

FIVE people from Solihull – and total of 58 from the greater region – have contacted West Midlands Police in the last six months to see whether their partner has a history of domestic violence.


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Record £512 million for West Midlands roads 

3 Jan 15

A RECORD Acirc;pound;512 million will be spent on improving local roads between 2015 and 2021 in the West Midlands, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.


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From the classroom to the trenches 

30 Dec 14

STORIES of sons, fathers and brothers who served, fought and died in World War One have been shared throughout 2014 in the news and within communities as the 100th anniversary since the outbreak of the war was marked.


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Woman cut from car after Shirley smash 

30 Dec 14

A WOMAN had to be cut from a car after a two vehicle smash in Shirley.


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New phase of North Solihull regeneration project given green light 

30 Dec 14

PLANS to build 137 homes as part of the next phase of the North Solihull\’s regeneration project has been given the green light.


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Teenagers create memory wall for dementia patients 

29 Dec 14

KIND-HEARTED pupils helped bring memories back to life in Bentley Heath when they a memory board for dementia patients.


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Police hunt brazen car key thief 

29 Dec 14

CCTV images have been released of a bald-headed thief who sneaked into a Solihull pub and stole a member of staff\’s car keys before driving off in her Fiat 500.


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Solihull charity helps the fight against Ebola 

29 Dec 14

VITAL supplies are being handed out across Sierra Leone to help support the fight against the deadly Ebola virus thanks to Troop Aid.


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Driver badly hurt in Balsall Common crash 

23 Dec 14

A MAN was to be taken to hospital following a two-car crash in Balsall Common.


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It will not be lonely this Christmas for 93 year old veteran 

22 Dec 14

FORMER Seaman Torpedoman Lewis Albert Matkin has spoken about how much he is looking forward to Christmas this year, now he will be spending it with friends thanks to Blind Veterans UK.


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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.