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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 …


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Top Award for Troop Aid 

25 Sep 14

THE HUSBAND and wife team behind Troop Aid have been handed a prestigious award on behalf of the charity.


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Chance to meet Disney favourites 

23 Sep 14

TO CELEBRATE 100 years of magic the Solihull Observer has joined forces with Feld Entertainment, producers of Disney On Ice, to give one lucky family of four the perfect gift -€“ tickets to the VIP launch event of Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years…


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Tributes flood in to Chris Macrow – co-founder of Solihull Theatre Company 

23 Sep 14

TRIBUTES have flooded in for the \’inspirational\’ chairman and founder of a Solihull theatre group who tragically died following a cycling accident.


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Green light for lottery community garden 

22 Sep 14

PLANS to create a community garden for children and adults to enjoy has been given the green light thanks to lottery funding.


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Wicked prize for William 

22 Sep 14

WILLIAM Bezzant never dreamt writing an adventure story \’Soup-A-Man\’ would bag him top seats to see the smash hit musical \’Wicked\’ at Birmingham\’s Hippodrome Theatre.


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Tinkerbell is as light as a fairy 

22 Sep 14

THE UNION Theatre have -€œlost-€ the equivalent of two cast members from their production of Peter Pan thanks to the group\’s dramatic weightloss.


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Vehicle theft ring jailed 

22 Sep 14

MEMBERS of a high-end vehicle theft ring have been jailed for more than 17 years after a West Midlands Police investigation uncovered their car cutting den.


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Win a £100 Triumph lingerie voucher 

19 Sep 14

To celebrate the launch of the new \’Magic Wire\’ bra, Triumph is hosting an event at House of Fraser in Solihull today (Friday, September 19) and tomorrow (Saturday, September 20) where there will be complimentary fittings, giveaways and …


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Solihull set for Fun in the Park 

18 Sep 14

THIS yearamp;#039;s annual Solihull Fun in the Park returns on Sunday and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.


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Villagers in battle to evict travellers 

11 Sep 14

ILLEGAL gypsy travellers have descended on the quiet village of Chadwick End, taking over land behind the Village Hall and play area.


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First Jaguar to be built in Solihull launched 

11 Sep 14

JAGUAR Land Roveramp;#039;s latest sports car – which will bring 2,300 jobs to the region – was given a James Bond-style entrance when it was launched earlier this week.


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Invictus Games – Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge 

11 Sep 14

PRINCE Harry was at Gaydon this week for the start of the Invictus Games.


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Borough MPs on opposite sides of track over HS2 plans 

11 Sep 14

BATTLE lines have been drawn between Borough MPs Caroline Spelman and Lorely Burt over the possible sighting of HS2-associated amp;#039;marshalling yardsamp;#039; in the borough.


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Powergen plans to go on show 

4 Sep 14

CONCEPT plans for Shirley\’s most infamous eyesore, the former Powergen site, are to go on show this month.


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Tributes laid at fatal crash scene 

4 Sep 14

TRIBUTES adorn the scene of a crash which claimed the life of a much-loved biker.


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Life behind bars for murder of partner 

4 Sep 14

-€œFROM the day it happened and for the rest of my life I am going to have to live in a world without my mom.


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When forces first Sprockers grow up they want to hound criminals 

4 Sep 14

WRIGGLING around on their bellies, not even able to open their eyes yet, but never venturing far from their mother.


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Priceless trophies stolen from Motorcycle Museum 

4 Sep 14

AN IRREPLACEABLE collection of motorcycle trophies has been stolen and thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused when heartless thugs ransacked the National Motorcycle Museum.