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BMW car thieves jailed for a total of sixteen years

Kevin Weldon, 33, was jailed for seven years Credit: West Midlands Police

Two men who stole high-performance BMWs parked around Birmingham Airport have been jailed for a total of sixteen years.

Kevin Weldon, 33, and 32-year-old Christian Shan targeted the vehicles, which had been left in airport car-parks, Birmingham International train station and an airport hotel.

They broke into BMW M3s using engine management computers.

The pair also committed several burglaries between May and September 2011 in Solihull and Lapworth, Warwickshire.

Weldon and Shan were caught by police during a break-in at an address in Balsall Common in September 2011.

32-year-old Christian Shan was jailed for nine years Credit: West Midlands Police

Weldon from Barrows Lane, Sheldon, admitted conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and conspiracy to commit burglary and at Birmingham Crown Court was jailed for a total of seven years.

Shan, from Saxondale Avenue, Sheldon, denied the charges but was found guilty by a unanimous jury and jailed for a total of nine years.

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BMW shares £250m with Midlands base

BMW will invest £250 million in its three Mini factories in the UK.

The Hams Hall site near Birmingham will benefit from the boost.

Today's news follows a investment of £500 million, and means additional job security for the 5,500 UK Mini workers, said BMW.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "BMW's ambitious plans for Mini will ensure its UK sites at Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall remain at the centre of Mini production worldwide.

The investment of £250 million in addition to the £500 million last year demonstrates BMW's commitment to the UK and safeguards jobs for the future."

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