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New life for site of old Austin Rover factory in Birmingham

There is new life for the site of the old Austin Rover factory in Birmingham and happily for some of the people who used to work there.

That is because part of the derelict Longbridge plant has become a retirement complex.

Former workers are among those signing up for apartments.

The homes have been built right on top of where they spent their working lives years ago.

Keith Wilkinson reports.

TRAINS: DELAYS - LONGBRIDGE - BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET

There are delays on trains between Longbridge and Birmingham New Street due to an obstruction on the track.

Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised and the disruption is expected to continue until 18:00.

Tickets are being accepted on some bus services.

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Boy, 12, treated for 'multiple injuries' after crash

A 12-year-old boy was treated for "multiple injuries" last night after he collided with a car while cycling in Birmingham.

Paramedics were called to the junction of Tessall Lane and Hollymoore Way in Longbridge shortly after 5pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the boy received treatment for a suspected leg fracture and ankle injury. He was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital for further assessment.

London Midland cancellations between Longbridge and Redditch

Delays on London Midland trains Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

There is no service on London Midland trains between Redditch and Longbridge due to a signalling problem at Barnt Green.

Replacement bus services are being organised.

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Police investigate after man touches himself in front of teen on train

The man police want to speak to in connection with the incident Credit: British Transport Police

Police have released CCVT images after a man touched himself and behaved indecently in front of a teenage train passenger.

It happened on January 26 on a train between Longbridge and Birmingham New Street at around 9.15am.

The man is believed to have boarded the train at Northfield and is thought to have got off at either University of Five Ways station.

The man police want to speak to in connection with the incident Credit: British Transport Police

“A man boarded the train and sat opposite the 17-year-old victim, during the journey he inappropriately touched himself in front of her and performed an indecent act.

“We do not tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour of any kind on the transport network and take all reports extremely seriously."

– PC Iftikhar Hussain, British Transport Police

Birmingham-built 1959 Mini a favourite among car lovers

The 1959 Mini Credit: PA Wire

The original Mini, built in Longbridge in Birmingham, has been voted the best-ever British car in a survey of Autocar readers.

Mini facts:

  • Produced by British Motor Corporation in 1959

  • Created by Sir Alec Issigonis

  • First 'front-wheel-drive' car

  • New Mini launched in 2001

Source: TopSpeed

Birmingham-built original Mini voted best British car

The Mini was first built in 1959 in Longbridge Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The original Mini, built in Longbridge in Birmingham, has been voted the best-ever British car in a survey of Autocar readers.

Gaydon-based Aston Martin's DB5 came in 8th - a favourite with 007 James Bond.

Coventry-based Jaguar had two cars in the top 10 - the E-type which came 3rd and the XJ220 which was voted the 7th best.

A waxwork of Sir Sean Connery posing with an Aston martin DB5 from the film Goldfinger Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Autocar brand editor Chas Hallett said: "It's such an iconic vehicle and represents a lot more than the British car industry; the Mini is associated with Great Britain around the world and, in many ways, it was ahead of its time.

"Many a former owner will undoubtedly be wishing they had held on to theirs, as good examples are now worth tens of thousands of pounds."

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