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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.

The Property Show: Stick to the quoted fee when you sell your home

Watch out for the small print when you sign an agreement.

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.

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Former Solihull News editor Martin Robinson with Michael Buerk.

Tributes paid to former Solihull News editor Martin Robinson

Midland journalist Martin Robinson – described as a “quintessential weekly newspaperman” – has died aged 67.

Olton woman scoops one-carat diamond thanks to a shopping trip at the Bullring

Susan Evans and her granddaughter Millie Morgan evaluate the diamond
Susan Evans from Solihull is certainly sparkling with happiness having scooped a huge one-carat diamond worth £1,500 thanks to a shopping trip at Bullring.

Peter Pan cast flying high after massive weight loss

Alex Slawinski
The Union Theatre's shrinking cast have lost a total of 26 stone, with the musical's Tinkerbell flying particularly high after shedding eight stone.
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

Son arrested over murder of parents at home sectioned

A son arrested on suspicion of murdering his parents at their Midland home has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Local barrister throws hat in ring to be police commissioner

Former councillor Ayoub Khan
Ayoub Khan has launched his bid to be the next Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.

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.

Solihull Council bosses HS2 depot call is slammed

Solihull Council bosses have criticised an MP's call for a new HS2 rail depot to be sited on greenbelt land in Solihull.

Solihull villagers erupt in anger after travellers' arrival to Chadwick End

The travellers camped on land at Chadwick End, Solihull
Travellers arrived in Chadwick End in 16 caravans after gaining entry to the privately-owned field which lies behind the village hall and playground.

Labour wins West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner job and vows to put bobbies back on beat

The newly elected West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner vowed to put “bobbies back on the beat” after sweeping to an emphatic win in a by-election.

Education

Romilly Joyce

Chelmsley Wood mum makes the grade to follow dreams of becoming a midwife

A mum-of-four from Chelmsley Wood has finally passed her GCSE English to pursue her dream to becoming a midwife.

What a result as Solihull GCSE stars shine

Delighted pupils at St Peter's Catholic School celebrate excellent GCSE results
Nationally, top grade passes for those taking their exams this summer went up for the first time in three years.

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Property website Zoopla named Crawshaws Road in Castle Bromwich as the most sought after address in the West Midlands

Computer glitch rates Castle Bromwich street West Midlands' most expensive

Tributes left to motorcycle crash victim Arren Cadby (inset) and (right) AJ (Arren Junior) Cadby with his mum Kerrie Evans

Motorbike crash victim was devoted dad who helped his son fight cancer

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