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Coun David Jamieson

Ex-councillor shock pick for police chief role

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Property Show - Episode 11: Getting on the property ladder

Episode 11 of The Property Show looks at what things in a new home appeal to first time buyers

News in Pictures

Ronnie Wood's collection is at Castle Galleries

Ronnie Wood set to draw crowds into Solihull gallery

Art work by the legendary Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones will be on show at Castle Galleries in Solihull this week.

Berkswell Museum is facing threat of closure

Berkswell Museum
The only museum in Solihull could close within months if visitor numbers do not improve, volunteers have warned.

A proposal from sailor Mike well worth the weight

Mike Edwards with wife-to-be Lucy Ambridge.
Engineering technician Mike Edwards surprised girlfriend Lucy Ambridge by proposing to her at his Royal Navy passing out ceremony.
Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond return to the UK

Solihull Top Gear star Richard Hammond forced to hide from Argentinian mob in hotel

Pictures show shaken TV stars returning to Britain after fleeing from South American country

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

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)
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
Santa visits to children in Marston Green and Chelmsley Wood have been saved following an appeal in the Solihull News.

That was the year that was - the highlights and lows

From a randy rodent to thieves stealing from grieving families, we take a look back at some of the highlights of 2014.

West Midlands neighbourhood watch chief says police plan 'common sense'

Shirley police station
Stephen Trefor-Jones, chairman of Neighbourhood Watch for the West Midlands, has described the controversial decision to close police station front counters in Shirley and Chelmsley Wood as 'common sense.'

Harry Street: Probe into how mass killer, 70, was 'lost'

Harry Street
An investigation is now under way today into how the authorities "lost" Birmingham serial killer Harry Street.
Caroline Spelman

Meriden MP blames Trust after latest delay to plans for care centre

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman is demanding answers after plans for a new urgent care centre at Solihull Hospital have been delayed for a third time.

Solihull Council shaves £33m off budget

Solihull Council House
Solihull council bosses have agreed to make £33 million worth of 'savings' over the next three years.

Fairer funding campaign for schools is taken to top

Schools Minister Nick Gibb
A Campaign calling for fairer funding for schools in Solihull has made its way to Government level.


Coun Joe Tildesley with Oak Cottage pupils.

Solihull primary school praised for body of knowledge

A Solihull primary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for promoting a healthy body image.

Solihull School students say hola to new language

Headteacher of Solihull School with students.
Students at Solihull School are saying au revoir to French and hola to the Spanish word after more than 450 years.

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Coleshill Heath Road bungalow is easy on the eyes

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