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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

Solihull Council acts after drugs and knives are found at nightspot

Apres in Solihull
Apres in Solihull was ordered to cut opening hours and scrap a weekly event called Snow following police raids which revealed the use of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

Solihull Council set to deny workers 'a living wage'

Solihull Council House
Solihull Council – which pays its chief executive up to £130,000 – looks set to refuse its lowest earners the £7.85-an-hour living wage.
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.

Catherine-de-Barnes residents vent anger at plans for giant M42 service station

Residents packed Catherine-de-Barnes village hall to condemn plans for a giant M42 service station earmarked for ancient woodland.

The number of young at risk of sex exploitation has 'doubled'

Matthew Reed.
The number of young people identified as being at risk of sexual exploitation in Solihull has more than doubled in just over a year, according to latest figures.

Marston Green couple overjoyed at marriage milestone after change to law

David and Alan Holder-Twomlow, who became civil partners in June 2006, will become a married couple tomorrow, at a ceremony held at Birmingham Register Office.

Education

Solihull martial arts instructor goes global making the case for self defence

Eddie Quinn (far right) with some of his 'Approach' pupils.
A Solihull martial arts instructor who was left for dead after suffering a brutal stabbing attack has made a worldwide career out of teaching other people how to defend themselves.

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