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John Connor died in a crash on the M4 in Berkshire

Family's anger at sentence given to driver who caused Solihull man's death

Motorist who killed former Solihull News editor is given one-year community service order

Thugs smash swan nest with metal poles

Pc Andy Timmins with the destroyed nest in Tudor Grange Park
Police are hunting mindless thugs who used metal poles to smash a swans’ nest and eggs.

Mourners in tracksuits for final farewell to running club founder

Inspirational sportsman John Walker has sadly died aged 66
Around 100 mourners arrived donned in tracksuits to say goodbye to a local “leading light” in athletics.

Jackie's raising money for units which saved her life

Jackie Stretton has set up her own charity to raise money for the hospitals where she received treatment for cancer.
70-year-old cancer survivor sets up new charity for Birmingham hospitals

Work begins on 106 new homes at former school site

Sales Advisor Sheila Hawkins and Site Manager Alex Lacey at Bellways new Digby Court development in North Solihull.
Work is now underway on 106 new homes on a former school site in North Solihull.

News in Pictures

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.
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
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.

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.

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.
Campaigners against the proposed Gateway scheme.

Report reveals failures in £1.8m Gateway plan

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

Campaigners urge review over flight path noise row

aeroplane
Angry residents are raising a protest petition to be sent to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Spitfire stirs memories with flypast

Birmingham Airport
Residents in Marston Green were treated to the iconic sight of a Spitfire performing a flypast on Wednesday.

Education

Cllr Kath Hartley

Borough wins transport cash boost

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

A school in Gambia would be just grand

Students at The Sixth Form College in Solihull raise money to support a school in The Gambia.
Students at The Sixth Form College in Solihull have raised nearly £1,000 to fund a school in The Gambia.

Videos & Photos

Fun in the sun at Shirley Lions Carnival.

Lions Carnival a roaring success yet again

Ulrika Dandekar from Solihull who is appealing for a bone marrow donation to keep her alive

Ulrika, 21, 'overwhelmed' by possible donors in her fight against rare cancer

Miar Kelly from Smiths Wood with some excellent attendance certificates

'Model pupil' banned from school prom - for being late for class

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