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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

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Vince Cable with Solihull College Principal John Callaghan

Solihull College trainees get to meet Vince Cable

Apprentices and trainees at Solihull College had the opportunity to meet Business Secretary Vince Cable when he stopped by the Blossomfield campus last week.

Chelmsley Wood teenager lands placement with firefighters

Michael Bryan with Lucy Lovatt and Ian Hughes, a member of PPDG's payroll giving scheme, at Solihull Fire Station
Lucy Lovatt from Chelmsley Wood, has ensured her desire to join the fire service is one step closer after a speculative email resulted in a work placement.

Solihull four-year-old follows in her grandfathers Martial Arts footsteps

Four-year-old Leah Wadley with martial arts instructor Eddie Quinn.
Leah Wadley has become the youngest student to pass a grading exam at Solihull-based Childsafe Martial Arts.
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.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb

Fairer funding campaign for schools is taken to top

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

Major projects on cards for Solihull after £20m boost

Coun Bob Sleigh
Major improvements are to be made to part of Solihull's road network and public transport after the Government has ploughed more than £20 million into the borough and Greater Birmingham.

Solihull group backs protest to protect NHS

Campaigners from Solihull join in a protest to keep the NHS public.
Campaigners from Solihull fighting against the privatisation of the NHS joined a mass protest this week.

Education

Vince Cable with Solihull College Principal John Callaghan

Solihull College trainees get to meet Vince Cable

Apprentices and trainees at Solihull College had the opportunity to meet Business Secretary Vince Cable when he stopped by the Blossomfield campus last week.

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.

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Stanway Road in Shirley.

Extended Shirley semi is two homes

Lyndon Road in Solihull

Lyndon Road home in Solihull comes with an impressive six bedrooms

Catering staff Alison Palmer and Barbara Nolan at Dickens Heath Community Primary School in Solihull, which is now using the new government guidelines on healthy school meals.

Healthy eating drive is a tasty plan for pupils at Dickens Heath school

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