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Birmingham house prices begin to catch up with fastest-growing cities

Birmingham house prices are accelerating fast, according to new figures Credit: PA

House prices in Birmingham are beginning to catch up with some of the fastest growing cities like London, Oxford and Cambridge.

House prices in the UK's second city accelerated over the last six months - rising by 5.4 per cent over the last year.

New figures from property analyst Hometrack show the gap between the UK cities with the fastest and slowest house price growth is at its smallest for 16 years.

Jaguar Land Rover made almost a third of UK cars in 2014

Car production in the UK reached a seven-year high last year, with almost a third made by Midlands-based Jaguar Land Rover.

The JLR production plant in Solihull Credit: David Jones/PA

Nearly 450,000 cars were built at its factories in Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood in Liverpool.

Meanwhile Toyota's factory in Burnaston nearby Derby produced 172,215 cars 2014.

Workers on the production line at the Burnaston plant in Derby Credit: PA

More than 1.5 million cars were were made across the country in last year, the equivalent of one every 20 seconds.

Aston Villa fined for failing to control their players

Aston Villa have been fined £60,000 and warned about their future conduct after failing to control their players at Leicester City.

Leicester City's Matty James and Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

The club admitted the players did not conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from proactive behaviour.

The fine comes after Villa and Leicester players scuffled following Matty James' tackle on Jores Okore.

It was during the Foxes' 1-0 Barclays Premier League win earlier this month.

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Four 'extremely fortunate' to survive M42 crash

Four people have escaped serious injury following a three car collision on the M42 in Solihull yesterday evening.

Vehicle damaged on the M42 Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M42 between junction 6 and 5 shortly before 6.00pm (Wednesday).

A community paramedic and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

Vehicle damaged on the M42 Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

“The three car collision caused substantial damage to all three cars and debris was strewn across the carriageway.

“Four occupants from the three cars were assessed by the community paramedic and ambulance crew. Fortunately, three patients escaped with minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

The fourth patient, a man, suffered neck and shoulder pain in the collision."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokesperson
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