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Marine fell 100 ft to his death in a gorge not marked on map

Ashley Hicks died after a fall on a training exercise in Snowdonia

Ashley Hicks was leading a six-man team in a tough "escape and evasion" mission near Trawsfynydd in Wales. He stepped over a dry-stone wall, slipped and fell to the bottom.

Borough wins transport cash boost

Cllr Kath Hartley
Solihull is set for a share of a £3 million funding package to improve cycling, walking and public transport facilities.

Ex-councillor shock pick for police chief role

Coun David Jamieson
In a shock move, ex-MP David Jamieson gained the official party nomination for the £100,000 post vacated by the recent death of PCC Bob Jones.

Couple stabbed to death within hour of police leaving home

Scene of a double murder, Hermitage Road, Solihull
An investigation has been launched into West Midlands Police force's handling of the incident.

Report reveals failures in £1.8m Gateway plan

Campaigners against the proposed Gateway scheme.
A damning report into Solihull's controversial Gateway project has revealed a mountain of failures in the planned scheme.

Drink-drive councillor banned

Councillor Peter Doyle, from Shirley, pleaded guilty to driving while over the drink limit
Dad-of-five Peter Doyle, 30, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court to driving his Audi Q7 while more than twice over the limit.
Fun in the sun at Shirley Lions Carnival.

Lions Carnival a roaring success yet again

The sun shone down on revellers at this year’s Shirley Lions Carnival, which took place at the weekend.

Triathlon coach Andy is a really good sport

Andy Teagle, head coach of Solihull Triathlon Club and a finalist in the Most Deserving Sports Hero Award
Andy Teagle, from Elmdon, has been running, cycling and swimming triathlons for the last 26 years.

Ex-drug addict to graduate with a first class degree

Jason Turner
Jason Turner, of Damson Wood, Solihull, was hooked on drugs for 22 years and turned to crime to feed his habit.
Solihull Moors' Owen Story gets his tackle in during the victory over St Albans at Damson Park

Solihull Moors 2 St Albans City 0: Moors have bit of devil in them to see off the Saints

Solihull Moors clinched a morale-boosting clean-sheet victory in their first-ever meeting with newly-promoted Conference South outfit St Albans City.

Joshuah hits the heights to see off his rivals once again

Joshuah Hill on his way to the gold medal
Joshuah Hill retained the Senior Boys' English Schools High Jump title after competing against the best high jumpers in the country at the Alexander Stadium.

Knowle and Dorridge given bunch of fives

Knowle and Dorridge bowler Michael Bevan in action
Barnt Green climbed to third place in the Birmingham and District League Premier Division with a five-wicket win over Knowle and Dorridge.
Wicked The Musical

A round-up of the best comedy, music, theatre and exhibitions, July 22-23

Highlights include Wicked: Birmingham Hippodrome, and Daryl Hall and John Oates: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Birmingham School Proms: 30 more pictures - is your school among them?

Iris, Dylan and Charlotte from Four Dwellings Academy which held its prom at Harborne Golf Club.
Photos from Acocks Green,Castle Vale, Kings Norton, Great Barr, Walsall, Castle Bromwich, Solihull and more

Birdland Park and Gardens is a beaky blinder!

A pelican watches a gull swooping in for a fish dish at Birdland Park and Gardens
Graham Young visits a truly fowl attraction in the heart of the Cotswolds
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

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