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Two millionth Land Rover Defender auctioned for £400k

The vehicle was sold for £400,000 Credit: Land Rover

The two millionth Land Rover Defender to come off the production line at the luxury car maker's Solihull plant has sold for £400,000 at auction.

The famous 4x4 was first build in Solihull in 1948, and has retained elements of its original design ever since.

The car was sold at an auction house in London last night, with proceeds going to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies & the Born Free Foundation.

Man, 20, in 'critical condition' after Solihull stabbing

Police were called to a report of a disorder in Whitefields Gate, Monkspath in Solihull Credit: Google maps

Five people, including four under the age of 18, are being questioned by police after a 20-year-old man was left "critically injured" following a stabbing in Solihull.

Police were called to a report of a disorder on Whitefields Gate, Monkspath at around 3.15pm yesterday afternoon.

A 20-year-old man was found with stab wounds, and was taken to hospital with "life-threatening injuries".

West Midlands Police have made four arrests in connection with the incident:

  • Three 16-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of wounding;
  • A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of wounding;
  • An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Russell said:

We believe this to be an isolated incident and are currently following up several lines of enquiry, as well as speaking to witnesses and trawling CCTV footage.

A young man remains in a critical but stable condition, so if anyone saw anything yesterday afternoon and has not yet spoken to us I would urge them to come forward as soon as possible.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sean Russell, West Midlands Police


TRAVEL UPDATE: Delays, travel time up to 60 minutes due M6 vehicle fire

Delays, two lanes closed and very slow traffic due to earlier vehicle fire on M6 Northbound at J8 M5, congestion on M6 to J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich).

Travel time is around 60 minutes.

Lanes one and two (of three) remain shut, carriageway was completely halted at around 7am to extinguish the blaze. Queues start around halfway between J5 and J6

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Dramatic pictures show six hour rescue operation after 4x4 plunges into ravine

Dramatic pictures captured by Brecon Mountain Rescue team show part of a six hour rescue, after a 4x4 fell 60 metres into a ravine in Powys.

Three men from Solihull were taken to hospital after the rescue.

A Dyfed Powys Police spokesperson said none of them are thought to have life-threatening injuries.


Weekend Picks: Christmas Ice Rink

Christmas Ice Rink and Mr Frosty’s Snow Garden: 13th November - 3rd January 2016 (Mell Square, Solihull)

Solihull’s first ever outdoor ice rink is now open until 3 January Credit: Let’s Skate Solihull

Solihull’s first ever outdoor ice rink is now open until 3 January.

In the heart of Mell Square will be festive choristers, DJs, themed sessions and family entertainment.

Junior skaters or wobbly adults can buddy up with Penguin Skating Supports on the ice rink to make the experience easy, safe and fun.

“We are delighted to be working with the Council and Solihull BID to bring winter ice skating to Mell Square. It’s a great location and I know it will be a favourite Christmas day out for families in the area.”

– Annie Arshak, The Blue Martini Group

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