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Defibrillators to save lives on motorways 

11 May 15

A PIONEERING project between West Midlands Ambulance Service and Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) means millions of drivers are a little bit safer.


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Super-sniffer gets a rare OBE posthumously 

11 May 15

A POLICE dog which sniffed out more than Acirc;pound;5million in cash, firearms and drugs has been posthumously honoured with a prestigious award after he died just weeks before the ceremony.


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Conservatives retain control of Solihull 

8 May 15

THE CONSERVATIVES have strengthened their grip on Solihull Council gaining an extra three seats.


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Solihull Council elections 2015 results pending 

8 May 15

FOLLOWING the dramatic results of the General Election, Silhillians are still waiting to find out who has come out on top in the Council elections.


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Caroline Spelman storms ahead to fifth victory in Meriden 

8 May 15

CONSERVATIVE stalwart Caroline Spelman has held onto her Meriden seat for a fifth term.


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PM with Candidates 

8 May 15

THE CONSERVATIVES have regained the Solihull constituency as Julian Knight stole back the seat from Lorely Burt.


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Meriden stays blue while Solihull returns to the Tories 

8 May 15

WITH the count continuing into the early hours of the morning, both Solihull and Meriden constituencies have voted in Conservative candidates.


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Meriden voters take to the polls 

8 May 15

VOTERS in the Meriden constituency have spent the day casting their votes at polling stations across the borough.


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You’re welcome to take a seat at Our House 

8 May 15

THEATRE-GOERS in Solihull are being urged to take a seat at Our House ahead of the showamp;#039;s opening night.


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Feedback on Touchwood plan positive 

8 May 15

PLANS to extend Touchwood have been well received – with 81 per cent of people who filled in a questionnaire claiming they were in favour of the scheme.


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‘Swing seat’ Silhillians take to the polls 

8 May 15

WITH polls closed and ballot papers arriving at the count, Solihull voters are waiting with baited breath to discover the outcome of this yearamp;#039;s elections.


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No arrests as English Defence League descend on Solihull 

7 May 15

POLICE presence was high in Solihull over the weekend as the English Defence League (EDL) descended on the town centre.


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Solihull couple welcome their own little Princess 

7 May 15

IT WAS smiles all round as a borough couple welcomed their own little princess into the world last Saturday (May 2).


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Ian Paterson claims he is too ill to fight 

6 May 15

SHAMED amp;#039;cleavage sparing mastectomyamp;#039; breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been ordered to take independent tests to establish his mental capacity after claiming he is too ill to fight legal action because he is suffering psychiatric …


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Touchwood plans will hurt businesses 

6 May 15

TOWN centre businesses have slammed the proposed Touchwood extension, claiming it will have devastating effects.


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Felix Dennis estate up for sale 

6 May 15

THE LAVISH country estate of the late publisher, poet and environmentalist Felix Dennis has been put up for sale – for the equally lavish sum of Acirc;pound;9,470,000.


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Nepal Earthquake April 25, 2015 

6 May 15

A NEPAL earthquake survivor is urging Silhillians to dig deep and help get much-need medical and food supplies to families devastated by the tragedy.


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Community Ambulance Station may be in the pipeline 

6 May 15

PLANS are in the pipeline for a Community Ambulance Station (CAS) to be opened in Marston Green.


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Fun run VIP may be an omen for good weather 

1 May 15

ORGANISERS of the Knowle Fun Run have revealed that BBC weather presenter Rebecca Wood is to be the VIP for this yearamp;#039;s event.


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Feedback on Touchwood plan positive 

30 Apr 15

PLANS to extend Touchwood have been well received – with 81 per cent of people who filled in a questionnaire claiming they were in favour of the scheme.


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Nepal Earthquake April 25, 2015 

29 Apr 15

A NEPAL earthquake survivor is urging Silhillians to dig deep and help get much-need medical and food supplies to families devastated by the tragedy.


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Community Ambulance Station may be in the pipeline 

28 Apr 15

PLANS are in the pipeline for a Community Ambulance Station (CAS) to be opened in Marston Green.


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You’re welcome to take a seat at Our House 

27 Apr 15

THEATRE-GOERS in Solihull are being urged to take a seat at Our House ahead of the showamp;#039;s opening night.


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Ian Paterson claims he is too ill to fight 

27 Apr 15

SHAMED amp;#039;cleavage sparing mastectomyamp;#039; breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been ordered to take independent tests to establish his mental capacity after claiming he is too ill to fight legal action because he is suffering psychiatric …


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No arrests as English Defence League descend on Solihull 

24 Apr 15

POLICE presence was high in Solihull over the weekend as the English Defence League (EDL) descended on the town centre.


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Touchwood plans will hurt businesses 

23 Apr 15

TOWN centre businesses have slammed the proposed Touchwood extension, claiming it will have devastating effects.


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Audiences set to fall under spell of Witches show 

23 Apr 15

A SPELL is set to be cast over Solihull audiences when a bewitching new show takes to the stage.


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Jack and family kick out to find a cure 

20 Apr 15

LIKE every other four-year-old boy Jack Gauder loves running around, watching Star Wars and kicking a football about.


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Solihull Gateway Project moves to stage two this weekend 

17 Apr 15

WORKS on the next stage of the Solihull Gateway Project are set to get begin on Sunday (April 19).


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Big Cat makes history at JLRs Lode Lane plant 

16 Apr 15

HISTORY was made at the home of Land Rover in Solihull this week after the first Jaguar vehicle rolled off the production line.


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Habib Ali Al-Jifri EDL Mosque 

15 Apr 15

SEVERED pigs heads dumped at the door, windows smashed, English Defence League action, and petitions garnering over 3,000 signatures.


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Boss set to follow in dad’s footsteps for cause 

15 Apr 15

A SOLIHULL businesswoman is putting her best foot forward for charity after being inspired by its sport and mobility work for disabled children.


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Bluebell garden is an awardwinner 

14 Apr 15

GREEN-FINGERED Craig Duffy received national praise at the Great British Growing Awards 2015, for his hard work at the Bluebell Community Garden in Chelmsley Wood.


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Alecs art goes on show at Royal Star and Garter 

13 Apr 15

THE ROYAL Star amp;amp; Garter Home in Solihull held an art exhibition featuring the work of talented artist and resident, Alec Shaw.


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Solihull store celebrates new ‘Jurnie’ with a treasure hunt 

10 Apr 15

TREASURE will be hidden across Solihull town centre on Saturday (April 11) to celebrate the next step in the journey of a family-run Solihull shop.


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Fresh appeal for information surrounding Shirley pensioner hit and run 

10 Apr 15

POLICE investigating a hit-and-run that left a 93-year-old woman seriously hurt have issued a images of the suspect vehicle caught on camera minutes before the collision as part of a renewed appeal to trace the driver.


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Tributes paid to Shirley tax advisor who died in Manhattan 

9 Apr 15

A 25-YEAR-OLD tax advisor from Shirley plummeted to his death while on a business trip in New York in what police believe may be a suicide.


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1940s party to celebrate VE Day 

9 Apr 15

THE CLOCKS will be turned back in Bentley Heath this may to celebrate 70 years since Victory in Europe Day (VE Day).


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Award-winning writer ends a domestic at Our House 

7 Apr 15

WHEN a cast member at a Solihull theatre group disagreed with his director over the pronunciation of his characteramp;#039;s name he called in the author behind the original hit show to settle the argument.


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JLR announces 600m investment 

7 Apr 15

JAGUAR Land Rover has reaffirmed its long-term committment to the West Midlands with the confirmation of a Acirc;pound;600million investment in the region – including a Acirc;pound;400million upgrade of the Castle Bromwich plant to support the new …


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Solihull Together for Better Lives awards Les Lawrence Coun Kate Wild Mayor of Solihull Dr Patrick Brooke 

2 Apr 15

IT WAS celebrations all round as organisers announced the winners of the inaugural Solihull Together for Better Lives awards.


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Nick Clegg Liberal Democrat Lorley Burt Deputy prime Minister 

1 Apr 15

DEPUTY PRIME Minister Nick Clegg visited Solihull this week to get accquainted with some of the boroughamp;#039;s pricklier inhabitants.


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catherine de barnes muslim cemetery 

1 Apr 15

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a muslim cemetery in Catherine de Barnes have been submitted for the third time.


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Borish Johnson Mayor of London Julian Knight Conservative 

1 Apr 15

SOLIHULL became amp;#039;selfie centralamp;#039; when London Mayor and heavyweight personality Boris Johnson came to town to launch Julian Knightamp;#039;s election campaign to be the next conservative MP.


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ME150/14/03 PAS OUT PARADE – 20/2/15 

1 Apr 15

A YOUNG sailor, who lost nine stone to join the Royal Navy, made two dreams a reality by proposing to his girlfriend on the day of his amp;#039;pass outamp;#039;.


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Orchids ready to bloom for 50th anniversary spring show 

31 Mar 15

SOLIHULL amp;amp; District Orchid Society will be holding its 50th Anniversary Spring Show on Saturday, April 4 at Arden School in Knowle.


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Birmingham city colin doyle becky doyle meningitis liam 

30 Mar 15

THE WIFE of Birmingham City FC goalkeeper Colin Doyle is running the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k to raise money for charity Meningitis Now after her son contracted meningitis -€“ three times.


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Health bosses shake on Urgent Care Centre location 

30 Mar 15

HEALTH bosses have underlined their commitment to providing an Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital.


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Solar Eclipse plunged Solihull into morning twilight 

26 Mar 15

THE HEAVEN\’S above were the focus for thousands of Silhillians on Friday (March 20).


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Lunar Festival returns to Tanworth in Arden 

25 Mar 15

THE LUNAR Festival is returning to Tanworth in Arden again this June – with a long list of top acts and attractions announced.


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Spotted an alien? May the force be with you 

25 Mar 15

THE SKIES of the West Midlands are home to aliens – at least that is what some people seem to think.


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Afternoon tea for all at Solihull Marie Curie Hospice 

23 Mar 15

CLATTERING teacups and delicious cakes will be on offer on Wednesday (March 25) as the Marie Curie Hospice opens its doors for afternoon tea.


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Solihull is first hedgehog conservation area 

18 Mar 15

SOLIHULL is set to become the UKamp;#039;s first dedicated hedgehog conservation area.


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Crufts NEC Jagger poison Kennel Club 

18 Mar 15

A DOG who died after competiting at Crufts was poisoned after returning to Belgium, The Kennel Club has said.


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A collection of beards 

18 Mar 15

A WARWICKSHIRE photographer is making headlines around the world with his collection of beard portraits, currently on show in London.


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Moazzam Begg Jihadi John Mohammed Emwazi Syria ISIS 

16 Mar 15

FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has denied amp;#039;unsubstantiated claimsamp;#039; by a national newspaper that he was at the same Syrian training camp – and helped train amp;#039;Jihadi Johnamp;#039; Mohammed Emwazi.


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Alleged poisoning kills two Crufts dogs 

12 Mar 15

CONTROVERSY has surrounded Crufts following the death of two dogs from poisoning and several other suspected cases of foul play.


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Bellas loopy spirit gets her a Crufts trophy 

12 Mar 15

A SHIRLEY pup is the proud new owner of a Crufts ribbon after beating more than 160 other dogs to the podium.


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Concerns over future of Damson Wood School 

9 Mar 15

EMOTIONS are running high over the future of Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School which could be set to be turned in to an academy.


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1. third ambulance & pic 

9 Mar 15

THE CHIEF Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service has promised to install a third double-crewed Ambulance in Solihull Hospital this September or October.