Jaguar Land Rover will officially open its brand new facilities at its Solihull plant today.
The plant will produce a Jaguar model, the new XE, for the first time in its 70 year history.
Last year the company announced plans to create 1,700 jobs to build the new sports saloon.
The workforce at Solihull has nearly doubled in the past three years with 9,450 people currently employed there.
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An elderly woman is in a critical condition after having been hit by a car this morning.
The woman in her 90s was hit on Stratford Road in Shirley, near Solihull, at 11:45am today. The car then drove off.
An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and an Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.
Paramedics arrived to find the woman lying in the road, being cared for by an off-duty nurse.
She had suffered serious head, ankle, and knee injuries. She has been taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit by ambulance.
"Witnesses report seeing a large silver-coloured people carrier in the area at the time the woman was struck. The car then left the scene and headed in the direction of the M42.
"We have spoken to a number of people who saw what happened and CCTV footage which may have captured the incident on camera is being reviewed. All officers have been alerted and are on the lookout for the car.
"One lane of Stratford Road remains closed this afternoon while specialist collision reconstruction staff examine the scene."
The woman received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and her condition was stabilised. The woman was then transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre alerted to the woman’s arrival and her serious condition. Unfortunately, the woman injuries were described as life threatening.
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A member of staff at a West Midlands nursery has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
The 47-year-old man is employed at Beechwood Childcare’s private nursery based at the Meriden Primary School site in Fillongley Road, Meriden.
The school and the nursery are not linked.
The man, from Chelmsley Wood, was arrested yesterday and computer equipment was seized from his address.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the force’s online child sexual exploitation team arrested the man on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.
“At this stage of the inquiry, there is no evidence to suggest any inappropriate contact between the worker and children, or that any of the alleged images relate to children who attend the nursery. “The man has been released on police bail - with conditions not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 and not to access the internet - and inquiries into the matter continue.”
A spokesman for Beechwood Childcare declined to comment on the arrest.
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The distinctive black van with a red stripe was seized after the driver was found to have insurance.
Remember even the 'A Team' need car insurance, seized and a long walk for this driver #Iloveitwhenaplancomestogether
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