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KFC vows to be a good neighbour 

18 Jul 14

FAST food giant KFC has committed to being a responsible neighbour after winning its bid to build a new restaurant next to Shirley Heath Junior School.


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Cancer charity banks 50,000 donation from Hunters 

17 Jul 14

A PARACHUTE jump from 14,000ft by staff and directors at Hunters Estate Agency has helped the firm to its Acirc;pound;50,000 fund-raising target for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.


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Rainbow was a message from my son 

17 Jul 14

IT seems Joseph approves of our work in his name – that was how Andy Foote described a rainbow that arched over the headquarters of the charity he set up in his sonamp;#039;s name almost 15 years ago.


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More disruption as phase two of congestion project starts 

17 Jul 14

THE next phase of work to ease congestion around Birmingham Airport and the NEC has started.


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Work starts on schools 2.6million sports and performing arts centre 

17 Jul 14

WORK has finally got underway on the Acirc;pound;2.


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Cheetah cubs meet their public at West Midland Safari Park 

17 Jul 14

MEET the first ever cheetah cubs to be born at West Midland Safari Park in its 41-year history.


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Fast food decision sparks outrage 

10 Jul 14

FAST food giant KFC has won its bid for a new restaurant next to Shirley Heath Junior School.


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Brave Ulrika on search for stem cell match 

10 Jul 14

ULRIKA Dandekar had everything she had ever dreamt of.


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Green light for Knowle care home bid 

10 Jul 14

PLANS to create a 60-bed care home on land at the Old Silhillians Sports Club in Knowle have been given the green light.


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Appeal for information after couple found dead 

10 Jul 14

A HUSBAND and wife have been stabbed to death in their own home.


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Hermitage Road victims named as Pin and Quoi Chang 

8 Jul 14

POLICE investigating the double murder of a Solihull couple have formally identified them as Pin Chang and his wife Quoi Chang.


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Hermitage Road victims died from stab wounds 

8 Jul 14

Post mortems have revealed two people who were found dead at a house in Hermitage Road yesterday died from stab injuries.


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Man and woman found dead in Hermitage Road 

7 Jul 14

A MAN is in custody after the bodies of a man and a woman were found at an address in Solihull on Monday morning (July 7).


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Health chiefs unveil plans for new unit 

3 Jul 14

SOLIHULL health commissioners and hospital chiefs have announced joint plans to create a new hospital service for people with dementia in the wake of the ward 10 closure furore.


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Plans for 400 homes could be back on the table 

3 Jul 14

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build more than 400 homes in Cheswick Green and Dickens Heath could soon be back on the agenda after Soihull Council was forced to make a U-turn on its Local Development Plan (LDP).


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Hearing first hand about Roddy 

3 Jul 14

AUTHOR Sarah Bates paid a visit to Dickens Heath Primary School to read her new book to pupils.


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Masterchef finalist cooks up a great total 

3 Jul 14

A CHARITY auction to raise money for the Chernobyl Childrenamp;#039;s Project has raised over Acirc;pound;5,000.


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Armed robbery suspects fleeing police drive wrong way down M42 

20 Jun 14

TWO suspected thieves held a Coventry couple at knifepoint before leading police on a late-night car chase on the wrong side of two major roads in the West Midlands.


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Hundreds trot along to Shirley Donkey Derby 

19 Jun 14

SILHILLIANS turned out in their hundreds for the annual Shirley Donkey Derby at the weekend.


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Joint apology over flag upset 

19 Jun 14

ARDEN Pincipal Martin Murphy has apologised for amp;#039;any upset causedamp;#039; by the school flying the German flag on the anniversary of the D-Day landings.


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Inquest underway in police custody death case 

19 Jun 14

AN INQUEST into the death of a man in the custody of West Midlands Police in Birmingham began on Monday (June 16).


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Mum coached daughter to say dad was abuser 

19 Jun 14

A MANIPULATIVE mother who did all in her power to turn her eight-year-old daughter against her father – even falsely accusing him of being a paedophile – has herself been condemned as a child abuser by top judges.


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Parents appear in court charged with Levi Blu Cassin murder 

19 Jun 14

THE PARENTS of a Castle Bromwich toddler have appeared in court charged with the murder of their son – Levi Blu Cassin – who died last year.


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Business chief and netball coach on honours list 

19 Jun 14

A HEADTEACHER, a netball coach and the president of the Chamber of Commerce are among Silhillians who have been included in the Queenamp;#039;s Birthday honours.


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All change at the Council 

12 Jun 14

TORY stalwart Bob Sleigh has been named as leader of Solihull Council.


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Hospital failings led to death 

12 Jun 14

HOSPITAL failings at the Bruce Burns Mental Health Unit at Solihull Hospital contributed to the death of a Shirley man – an inquest heard.


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Wind turbine plans unveiled 

12 Jun 14

PLANS to build two 35-metre-high wind turbines in Hockley Heath – the first in the area – have been submitted to Solihull Council, The Observer can reveal.


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Baby fest at Hogarths 

12 Jun 14

THERE must be something in the water at Hogarths Hotel amp;amp; Restaurant in Dorridge as seven babies have been born to different staff members in the past two years – including hotel owner Helena Hogarth.


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More cuts at hospital 

12 Jun 14

INVESTIGATIVE equipment used to help diagnose injuries from complex falls in the elderly will be axed at Solihull Hospital – The Observer can reveal.


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Up to 1,000 beds could be axed 

12 Jun 14

UP TO 1,000 hospital beds could be cut across Solihull and Birmingham as Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust bosses try to improve community services across the region.


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Troop Aid receive Queens Award for supporting injured soldiers 

5 Jun 14

TROOP Aid has received Royal approval in the form of the prestigious Queen\’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014.


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Solihull Carnival returns this weekend 

5 Jun 14

THE 80th Solihull Carnival takes place on Saturday at Tudor Grange Park this weekend.


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Town centre crime rates fall 43 per cent 

5 Jun 14

SOLIHULL town centre businesses saw crime fall by 43 per cent in April 2014 compared to this time last year.


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Tories hold Solihull but Greens are now largest opposition 

29 May 14

THE CONSERVATIVES comfortably held control of Solihull Council last week despite facing tough opposition from the Green Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).


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Greens and UKIP share election headlines 

29 May 14

THE POLITICAL battle for Solihull – both locally and nationally – is hotter than ever.


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Nick is at the centre of Lunar Festival 

29 May 14

THERE are just eight days to go until the eagerly-anticpated Lunar Festival at Umberslade Farm Park in Tanworth in Arden.


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Tom digs in for Stephen Sutton 

29 May 14

MOST NINETY-YEAR-OLDS celebrate their birthdays with a relaxing family get together.


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Answers demanded over attempted abductions – police and council respond 

22 May 14

WHAT IS it going to take – my daughter or somebody elseamp;#039;s daughter being abducted – before more action is taken?
Those were the words of one amp;#039;terrifiedamp;#039; borough mum in the wake of the latest amp;#039;attempted abductionamp;#…


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Solihull Jazz Festival returns this weekend 

22 May 14

THE SOLIHULL Jazz Festival weekend returns for a third year this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 23 to 25) with a stellar line-up and plenty of family fun.


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Jack pipped to the post in Masterchef final 

22 May 14

HE MADE it through to the Masterchef final – and was narrowly pipped to the post by winner Ping Wan.


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AEGON Classic – Day Eight 

20 May 14

THE OBSERVER has teamed up with the Aegon Classic -€“ the Premier women\’s tennis tournament which takes place in Birmingham in June -€“ to find and reward Solihull, Shirley or Ardenamp;#039;s most inspirational women.


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MANDY ALLWOOD WHO HAS LOST ALL EIGHT OF HER BABIES 

14 May 14

A MOTHER who was represented by Max Clifford after discovering she was having octuplets has claimed she was used as a -€œmoney-making machine-€ by the disgraced celebrity publicist.


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Ben Foster World Cup West Brom Bromwich Albion 

14 May 14

WEST Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster says he is honoured to be part of Englandamp;#039;s World Cup squad.


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Golf day raises thousands in memory of Lily Mae 

14 May 14

THE LATEST charity golf day held by the Lily Mae Foundation saw just a few pounds short of Acirc;pound;10,000 being raised in memory of Lily Mae Jackson who was amp;#039;born sleepingamp;#039; in 2010.


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Fear after another attempted child abduction in Solihull 

14 May 14

FEAR has once again been struck in to the hearts of Solihull parents following another attempted abduction in the borough.


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Scaffolding firm fined after worker fall 

12 May 14

A KNOWLE firm has been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a two-metre fall from a ladder while constructing scaffolding for the set of a television programme.


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Bluebell walk is back in memory of Farmer John 

1 May 14

THE SPECTACULAR Wootton Wawen Bluebell Walk is back this Bank Holiday weekend after a two year break following the death of its organiser farmer John Haimes.


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Shirley library to close on Saturday 

1 May 14

SHIRLEY Library will close its doors for the last time at 5pm on Saturday (May 3).


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Council leader Ken Meeson to stand down 

1 May 14

COUNCIL leader – and leader of the Conservatives – Ken Meeson is to stand down from his positions.


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HS2 gets Parliamentary support 

1 May 14

PARLIAMENT has voted to push forward with the controversial HS2 rail project – with borough MPs Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman in agreement with the decision.


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M42 reopen nearly 10 hours after lorry overturned 

24 Apr 14

Part of the M42 in near Solihull was closed for nearly ten hours after a lorry overturned and spilt diesel on to the motorway.


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Mum tells of son’s struggle with autism 

24 Apr 14

LIKE EVERY other child across the country Christopher Shore loves nothing more than to run around the park and watch boats sail by at the water park.


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Blythe Valley Park homes bid sparks anger 

24 Apr 14

PLANS for 600 homes on Blythe Valley Park are set to be unveiled this weekend.


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MP shares gateway safety fears 

24 Apr 14

LORELY Burt has added her voice to fears the new Solihull Gateway project will create access problems for blind people.


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Joining forces to make a difference 

24 Apr 14

DORRIDGE Scout Hut is set to have a make-over thanks to kind-hearted builders from the Sainsburyamp;#039;s development in the village.


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Mental health care inconsistent – report 

24 Apr 14

MENTAL health services are inconsistent, the Care Quality Commission has said.


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Overturned lorry closes M42 Northbound 

24 Apr 14

Part of the M42 in near Solihull was closed after a lorry overturned and spilt diesel on to the motorway.


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Residents demand action after caravans move in 

17 Apr 14

ANGRY Shirley residents are calling for swift action to remove a group of travellers who have parked their caravans on the Palmers Rough Recreation Ground and Nature Reserve.


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Cycling across the Western Front to remember fallen heroes 

17 Apr 14

A FIREFIGHTER and Policeman are preparing to get on their bikes for a mammoth cycle ride in aid of an Armed Forces charity.


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Brave Connie inspires Hospital appeal 

17 Apr 14

THE PARENTS of a four-year-old leukaemia patient are calling on the generosity of others to help Birmingham Children\’s Hospital\’s dream of a brand new cancer facility finally become a reality.