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Tributes to 'strong, buoyant' Solihull mother found dead in house

A mother found dead at her Solihull home today was “always smiling” according to her shocked next door neighbour.<p>The woman, in her 40s, lived with …

No allergy information displayed at Pret A Manger branch linked to Natasha Ednan-Laperouse's death, inquest told

The Pret a Manger branch which sold a baguette linked to the death of a teenager was found without allergy information on display the following year, …

Allergens

Teen burglar downed four bottles of Lucozade before ploughing F Type Jaguar into wall

A thirsty burglar downed four bottles of Lucozade before stealing the resident's Jaguar and smashing it into a wall.<p>Teenager Ben Worrall caused …

Trespassing

Parents can claim £933 childcare benefit - but the deadline to apply is tonight

The deadline for parents to apply for their employer's Childcare Vouchers scheme is approaching.<p>Working parents can claim up to £2,000 a year towards …

House in Dolben Lane, Redditch, torched in suspected arson attack

Detectives are investigating after a house was torched in a suspected arson attack.<p>It happened in Dolben Lane, Redditch , at around at around 11.45pm …

Arson

Labour to get families out of temporary accommodation with new tax on holiday homes

A Labour government would end the misery of families stuck in temporary accommodation by raising £560 million from wealthy owners of second …

The nine easy ways to save hundreds on your energy bills this autumn and winter

Bitterly cold weather seems to catch us out every year, even though we live in a climate that includes a winter season.<p>Cold weather can feel …

The ten things everybody should do before turning on the heating this autumn

With temperatures starting to plunge and autumn arriving, households are busy flicking the switch on their heating.<p>Summer is long gone, replaced by …

This is when you should turn on your heating - and how to delay it as long as possible

Bitterly cold weather seems to catch us out every year, even though we live in a climate that includes a winter season.<p>The chill can feel unexpected …

Weather

Police flood St Vincent Street in Ladywood in hunt for killer of Anthony Sargeant - dubbed the 'King of Lee Bank'

Officers flooded a Birmingham street as part of the investigation into the murder of a city dad dubbed the "King of Lee Bank".<p>Witnesses reported …

West Midlands

This is MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis's trick to save money and keep your house warm

As Birmingham experiences the chill of winter, we're all looking for ways to keep warm.<p>But many of us during the colder months will be trying to make …

Three teens arrested over carjacking and two attempted thefts in 30-minute crime spree

Three teenagers have been arrested following a car-jacking and two attempted car robberies in the space of 30 minutes in Birmingham.<p>West Midlands …

Two struck by deadly bug Legionnaires' disease in Tamworth - investigation launched

Health chiefs and environmental experts are investigating two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in Tamworth.<p>Details have not been released of …

Legionnaires' Disease

Tamworth tattoo artist gobsmacked at client's brutally honest excuse for cancelling appointment

A Midlands tattoo artist was left stunned when his client revealed he wouldn't be attending a £350 session - via an x-rated social media …

Residents' anger over damaged playground closure near Solihull

Dickens Heath residents are increasingly frustrated that the village playground has been closed for more than two months.<p>The facilities were shut to …

Health and Safety

Police find woman dead at Solihull house in 'suspicious' incident

A woman has been found dead at a house in Richmond Road, Solihull .<p>Her body was found at around 1pm on Monday.<p>West Midlands Police said her death was …

Customers

Emirates slash holiday prices from Birmingham Airport to UAE, Thailand and Maldives

Emirates Holidays has slashed the price of their holiday deals.<p>The deals are available from Birmingham Airport to a variety of locations.<p>Emirates …

Taj Mahal

Anger after phone mast is approved in Shirley

Unpopular plans for a phone mast - previously thrown out by Solihull Council after hundreds of objections - have now been approved on appeal.<p>The …

The horrifying e-mail revealing bride's list of rules for wedding guests

A wedding day should be the best of your life.<p>There are usually plenty of nerves - and that's before you have to make your speech.<p>Obviously, …

Attempted murder arrest after two police officers hit by car

Two police officers were injured - one seriously - after being hit by a car.<p>A 25-year-old man from Stafford was arrested on suspicion of attempted …

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Tour dates give huge pregnancy hint

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will begin their first major Commonwealth tour in October travelling to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.<p>Looking …

Watch: 23 Drillas rappers taunt armed police after gangsters jailed

A gang behind menacing drill music videos openly goaded the police after the convictions of several of its leading members.<p>Rappers in 23 Drillas, …

Organized Crime

Missing Thomas Jones's friend reveals final phone call before Worcester student vanished

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of murder as police continue to search for a university student who went missing five days ago.<p>Thomas …

Two injured after crash involving BMW and Fiesta in Wolverhampton

Two people have been injured in a crash on a busy road through Wolverhampton.<p>The two-car smash caused rush hour delays for motorists on Monday …

Police divers continue to search for missing Worcester University student Thomas Jones as two men arrested

Police are still searching the riverbank in Worcester where missing university student Thomas Jones was last seen.<p>Officers have asked members of the …

College & University

Suspect charged after three police officers spat at in 'disgusting' street incident

A person has been charged after three police officers were spat at.<p>A suspect was due before magistrates on Monday in connection with the offence.<p>It …

Bogus taxi driver who raped student after night out celebrating her degree jailed

A man who posed as a taxi-driver to persuade a student to get into his car before raping her has been jailed for nine years.<p>Attif Hamid of Churchill …

Bodyguard star Richard Madden odds to be next James Bond slashed

Richard Madden has seen his odds cut to be the next James Bond after his starring role in the BBC thriller Bodyguard.<p>The Game Of Thrones star has …

Richard Madden

Former Home Secretary reveals 'glaring' Bodyguard inaccuracy - did you spot it?

Former home secretary Alan Johnson has said there was a "glaring" mistake in the BBC hit series Bodyguard.<p>The politician revealed he has been …

Concern for missing mum Sian Wilson suffering from 'post-natal depression'

Police are desperately searching for a mum who has gone missing.<p>Sian Wilson, who has an 18-month-old baby, has been missing from her home in Oldbury …

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