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Last Longbridge Mini goes up for auction

The car lay hidden in the tunnel for three decades Credit: Red Marlin PR

A Mini Clubman that lay hidden in the tunnels under the Longbridge factory for 30 years, making it the last Mini to leave the famous site, is being put up for auction today.

The iconic car was used to travel around the Sprawling plant Credit: Red Marlin PR

The iconic car was secretly dumped by workers in the late 1970s after suffering some damage, thought to be caused by a a storage container falling onto it.

The last Longbridge Mini is in need of major repairs Credit: Red Marlin PR

Photos of the 'lost Mini' emerged and after much searching it was saved by a former factory worker who got permission to remove it in 2012 shortly before the tunnels were due to be filled in, making it the last ever Mini to leave Longbridge.

'The Longbridge Tunnel Mini' is being offered without reserve by Silverstone Auctions at its sale on Saturday 27th July at Silverstone circuit.

New MG3 to be displayed at Longbridge

Described as a "super mini" the new MG3 Credit: MG Motor UK

The new MG3 will be shown-off in the UK for the first time today at MG's factory in Birmingham.

The company are throwing open the doors of their newly extended design centre at Longbridge, which is where ideas for the MG3 and other new models are born.

This latest model will go on sale late summer 2013 priced at between £10,000-£15,000.

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VIDEO: Car smashes into toddler's bedroom

A toddler from Birmingham had a lucky escape after a car ploughed into her bedroom.

Fortunately Hope Adewunmi was spending the night with a childminder when the car smashed into the wall of her bedroom in Longbridge, creating a hole so big her cot could be seen from the street.

The car did not stop after the collision. Her mother Folake Fajana told ITV News about her daughter's lucky escape.

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Last Longbridge Mini found decaying in a tunnel for sale

The car lay hidden in the tunnel for three decades Credit: Red Marlin PR

A decaying Mini Clubman that lay hidden in the tunnels under the Longbridge factory for 30 years, making it the last Mini to leave the famous site, is being put up for auction.

The iconic car, which was used to travel around the Sprawling plant, had been secretly dumped by workers in the late 1970s after suffering some damage, thought to be caused by a a storage container falling onto it.

The iconic car was used to travel around the Sprawling plant Credit: Red Marlin PR

Photos of the 'lost Mini' emerged and after much searching it was saved by a former factory worker who got permission to remove it in 2012 shortly before the tunnels were due to be filled in, making it the last ever Mini to leave Longbridge.

The last Longbridge Mini is in need of major repairs Credit: Red Marlin PR

'The Longbridge Tunnel Mini' is being offered without reserve by Silverstone Auctions at its sale on Saturday 27th July at Silverstone circuit.

Dozens evacuated following "critical" house fire

Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes after a gas main fire in what police described as a "critical incident".

The incident happened at 1.40am in Coney Green Drive, a residential street in Longbridge, Birmingham.

Firefighters called to the scene found a man slumped unconscious in a gas main trench, and rescued him while the fire blazed nearby.

He was taken to hospital and held on suspicion of starting the fire, West Midlands Police said. No-one else was injured.

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