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Sex offences against children last year in West Midlands included ten involving babies 

22 Feb 18

SEXUAL offences against children in the West Midlands in the past year included ten involving babies.


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New education centre for Solihull’s excluded school-children 

21 Feb 18

AN EDUCATION centre for permanently excluded pupils will be moved to provide ‘a much improved learning environment.


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Solihull Pop Chorus surprise widow with parting gift from husband 

21 Feb 18

A SOLIHULL community choir has featured on a television programme about experiences dealing with terminal illness.


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Family fighting to allow epileptic son access to cannabis treatment in UK 

21 Feb 18

Family had moved to Holland to receive treatment but have now had to return home.


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Solihull Council successfully prosecute parents for children’s unauthorised school absences 

20 Feb 18

SOLIHULL Council has secured its first prosecution of a parent for taking their child on an unauthorised term time holiday.


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Funds raised from recycled metals handed to Acorns Children’s Hospice 

20 Feb 18

ACORNS Children’s Hospice has been handed a generous donation raised from the recycling of metals from cremations at Robin Hood and Woodlands.


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Nearly 250k heart attacks preventable in West Midlands in last 5 years 

20 Feb 18

NEARLY 250,000 heart attacks could have been prevented in the last five years in the West Midlands, according to the NHS.


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Father fights off armed robbers in Catherine-de-Barnes home 

19 Feb 18

A HAVE-A-GO hero homeowner single-handedly fought off a gang of five robbers using his martial arts skills after they burst into his Catherine-de-Barnes home wielding machetes.


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Solihull pensioner leads two courier fraudsters into police trap 

19 Feb 18

A PENSIONER conned out of more than £60,000 turned the tables on her cruel tricksters by luring them back with the promise of more money − and led them right into a West Midlands Police trap.


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Children of public sector workers in West Midlands pushed into poverty 

19 Feb 18

AROUND 45,000 children of public sector workers in the West Midlands have been pushed into poverty, new research shows.


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Eddie the Eagle set to fly into Solihull 

19 Feb 18

WITH the Winter Olympics in full swing, many will remember Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards winning the hearts of the nation at the Calgary games in 1988, despite finishing last in both the 70 and 90m ski ju…


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Much discussion at Stratford Literary Festival 

19 Feb 18

Stratford Literary Festival runs from April 22 to 29…


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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Our investigations continue into plight of Solihull special needs children 

18 Feb 18

Editor Les Reid’s comment from this week’s Solihull Observer…


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LETTERS: Your discussion across the borough from this week’s Observer 

18 Feb 18

Letters from this week’s Solihull Observer regarding the Blythe by-election, Brexit and John Salisbury…


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WESTMINSTER DIARY: Julian Knight MP pens his latest Solihull Observer column 

17 Feb 18

Julian Knight MP’s comment in this week’s Solihull Observer…


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Green technology funding agreed for 500 West Midland buses 

17 Feb 18

NEARLY 500 buses in the West Midlands will benefit from green technology over the next two years.


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Elmdon Park support group express concern about council nature projects 

17 Feb 18

AN ELMDON Park support group has expressed concern about Solihull council’s nature ‘improvement projects’ – as some residents reduced to ‘tears’ as trees felled.


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Hospital radio presenters from Solihull nominated for awards 

17 Feb 18

TWO SOLIHULL hospital radio presenters have been nominated for prestigious awards.


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Funding bids open for green projects in West Midlands 

16 Feb 18

ORGANISATIONS across Solihull can take advantage of development funds totalling £11.6 million.


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Solihull teenagers charged with robbery after man, 64, threatened with meat cleaver 

16 Feb 18

TWO SOLIHULL teenagers have been charged in connection with the robbery of a 64-year-old man, committed using a meat cleaver.


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Solihull Police Station could close 

16 Feb 18

A POLICE station could close in Solihull under proposals announced today.


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New Solihull and Birmingham GPs’ group chief is confident for the future 

16 Feb 18

A NEWLY appointed chief executive of a Solihull and Birmingham super-group overseeing GPs has optimistically predicted ‘exciting times’ after merger.


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Homeless charity prepares for Solihull ‘sleepout’ 

15 Feb 18

A HOMELESS CHARITY is preparing for its Solihull ‘sleepout’.


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Paterson inquiry: Bishop leading investigation listens to victims 

15 Feb 18

THE BISHOP leading the inquiry into shamed surgeon Ian Paterson met with victims to listen to some of their stories.


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Assistant chief constable facing sack for secret papers gaffe 

15 Feb 18

A SENIOR counter terrorism officer with West Midlands Police is facing dismissal for leaving top secret papers in the boot of his car.


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EXCLUSIVE: Unlawful breaches for our special needs kids in Solihull 

15 Feb 18

ABOUT 40 per cent of Solihull children with specials needs who require a formal plan for their schooling had to wait longer than the legal maximum waiting time last year, we can reveal.


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Meriden MP calls for Balsall Common Community Police Shop to re-open 

14 Feb 18

CAMPAIGNERS are calling on the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, to re-open the Community Police Shop in Balsall Common less than two years after it closed.


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Knowle Musical Society actors to perform in show for second time 30 years later 

14 Feb 18

It’ll be a case of déjà vu for three members of a Solihull theatre group when they perform in a classic musical for the second time with the same society 30 years later.


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Solihull gets new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists 

14 Feb 18

SOLIHULL is one of the first places outside London to create special crossings that include cycle lanes, known as parallel crossings.


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M6 closed following fatal crash near Coventry 

14 Feb 18

Seven vehicles including lorries were involved in the crash which happened near Coventry, between junction one and junction three northbound, around 2am.


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Two charged in connection with Sheldon burglary 

14 Feb 18

A MAN and a teenager have been charged in connection with a burglary on Ragley Road in Sheldon.


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Balsall Common strongman Paddy Doyle sets 596th record 

14 Feb 18

WINTRY conditions failed to stop Balsall Common strongman Paddy Doyle to achieve his 596th career strength speed stamina World record.


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Birmingham theatre evacuated after ‘huge bang’ 

13 Feb 18

Part of Broad Street on lockdown.


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Help Harry Help Others new cancer drop in centre to open on Harry’s 18th birthday 

13 Feb 18

AS BIRTHDAYS go an 18th is usually special – and that’s certainly the case with Harry Moseley’s as plans are under way to open the relocated Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre in memory of him o…


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Battling Barons win and push title-chasers close 

13 Feb 18

TC CARS Solihull Barons emerged with four points from the weekend’s home offerings as a 7-3 win over Whitley Warriors was followed by a 3-2 defeat to Sheffield Steeldogs.


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Death of Solihull born policeman and cyclist, 33, ruled as ‘accidental’ 

13 Feb 18

THE DEATH of a 33-year-old Solihull born policeman and cyclist has been ruled as ‘accidental’ after he hit ‘unsafe’ barriers.


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West Midlands Police to crackdown on knife crime 

13 Feb 18

WEST Midlands Police will install knife arches at schools and go undercover to root out shops that sell blades to children as part of a new major crackdown on k…


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Talented Solihull School musician selected for National Children’s Orchestra 

13 Feb 18

Talented Solihull School musician Katharine Baker is celebrating her full selection into the prestigious National Children’s Orchestra.


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Solihull mental health worker handed top WMCA award 

13 Feb 18

A Solihull man has been handed a prestigious award from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) for his contribution to improving people’s mental health.


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Revolution Bar in Solihull set to hold special banquet in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice 

12 Feb 18

A BAR in Solihull will hold a special banquet in aid of a local children’s charity.


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Plans for Shirley BID projects announced 

12 Feb 18

STREET markets, improved Christmas lights and better promotion to help the local economy on the Stratford Road corridor – these are just some of the schemes looked set to go ahead under the Shirley Bu…


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Saint Martin’s School ranked top of the class for GCSE results 

12 Feb 18

A SOLIHULL girls school is top of the class for GCSE results, according to government figures.


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West Midlands mayor’s council tax rise scrapped 

12 Feb 18

WEST Midlands mayor Andy Street’s proposal to raise council tax has been scrapped, after objections previously reported in this newspaper.


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West Midlands Police puppy named in honour of brave schoolgirl 

12 Feb 18

A PUPPY born into the West Midlands Police dog training scheme has been named in honour of a brave schoolgirl who chased a burglar from her home.


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Solihull Guide Dogs volunteers honoured for years of service 

12 Feb 18

A GUIDE dogs charity has paid tribute to two dedicated volunteers after years of service.


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FORCE FOCUS: David Jamieson’s column: Gro-Organic’s on a mission 

11 Feb 18

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson’s column in this week’s Observer…


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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Paterson inquiry’s call to victims and families is welcome 

10 Feb 18

Editor Les Reid’s comment from this week’s Solihull Observer…


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LETTERS: Your discussion across the borough from this week’s Observer 

10 Feb 18

Letters from this week’s Solihull Observer regarding the Blythe by-election and child poverty…


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Quarter of rented homes in West Midlands ‘unfit for habitation’ 

10 Feb 18

MORE than a quarter of privately rented homes in the West Midlands are considered unfit for human habitation, according to new figures.


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Nearly all Solihull homes have superfast broadband, says Meriden MP 

9 Feb 18

MERIDEN MP Dame Caroline Spelman has welcomed news than 95 per cent of premises in Solihull now have superfast broadband.







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