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Thomas Cooper with Nicola and son Jack

Solihull Hospital failings led to death of 22-year-old dad, inquest rules

Partner of Thomas Cooper pledges to fight for justice after his death in mental health unit

Cancer battling mum had cyst the size of rugby ball

Lyn Perrett had this rugby ball-size cyst removed
A brave Shirley mum has revealed how she had a cyst the size of a rugby ball removed as she battled cancer – that had left her looking nine months pregnant.

Council's U-turn is a home win for disabled brothers

Disabled brothers Frank (L) and Richard Smith, from Putney Walk, Chelmsley Wood
Richard and Frank Smith signed a new tenancy deal with Solihull Council – two months after the authority threatened to kick them out of their home.

Hospital dementia ward 'could close in 3 months'

The dementia ward at Solihull Hospital may close in three months as health chiefs look to providing more community-based care for the patients.

Cops step up patrols after man tried to lure girl, 7, into car

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Police are investigating and patrols have been stepped up after a driver tried to lure a Solihull schoolgirl into his car.

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Dorridge Railway Station

Vandals attack Dorridge railway station days after its restoration

Community had raised £16,000 to restore waiting room to its 1930s look with GWR fittings and posters

M42 lorry crash causes traffic chaos as northbound motorway is closed

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More than 50 litres of fuel spilled on northbound carriageway between Junctions 4 and 5

Some like it hot... Dean leads cyclists through Death Valley

Dean Beard from Chelmsley Wood with his team in Death Valley
International expedition leader helps raise £50,000 for charity by leading team through world's hottest place
Oscar Pistorius is watched by June Steenkamp, right, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, as he arrives for his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 3, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder with premeditation in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

Witness in Oscar Pistorius trial 'heard screams' on night Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead

Evidence came on the first day of Paralympian’s highly-anticipated trial in South Africa

Hague warns Russia over Ukraine

Foreign secretary William Hague
Foreign Secretary says there will be 'consequences' if Russia does not pull back over Ukraine confrontation

Celebration time as Brits fill their boots at the Oscars (GALLERY)

The makers of '12 Years a Slave' including Director Steve McQueen (right) and producer Brad Pitt (second right) with their Oscars for Best Film in the press room of the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Gravity and 12 Years A Slave the big winners
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

Justice Secretary: Relocating criminal cases frees up court

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has claimed the relocation of criminal cases from Solihull Magistrates to Birmingham makes the borough’s court more effective.

Domestic abusers cost us £20m a year

Domestic abuse silhouette.
Domestic abuse is costing Solihull more than £20 million a year, according to latest figures.

Cops step up patrols after man tried to lure girl, 7, into car

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Police are investigating and patrols have been stepped up after a driver tried to lure a Solihull schoolgirl into his car.
Caroline Spelman MP

MP backs top jobs quota for women

Meriden Conservative MP Caroline Spelman has backed calls for quotas to ensure women receive a fairer share of top jobs.

Fourth Lib Dem turns to Greens

Councillor Jean Hamilton
A Solihull Liberal Democrat has become the fourth councillor to defect to the Green Party in disapproval at the party’s performance in the Coalition Government.

Bitter family rift over fortune left to Tories

Violet Baker in 1987
A widow who left her secret £750,000 fortune to the Tory Party was branded "wicked" by a furious relative.

Education

Illustrator Korky Paul with competition winner Yasmin Redmond

Yasmin’s smiles better after Korky Paul visit

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul drew quite a crowd when he visited a local primary school for a workshop.

Brenda Sheils honoured for her dedication

Solihull College Principal, Brenda Sheils with her OBE outside Buckingham Palace.
Solihull College principal Brenda Sheils has received an OBE for dedicating 38 years to further education.

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And they call it puppy love...

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and his house in Lapworth, Warwickshire

Rock legend's mansion up for sale at just £2.6million

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