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Burglar who used pensioner's phone to call taxi jailed

A brazen burglar who raided the home of a sleeping pensioner - and then used her own phone to call a cab and escape with his haul - has been jailed.

Georgio Hyde, aged 19, broke in through an unlocked door just before 3am on June 2, and pocketed the 81-year-old woman's mobile phone before taking the TV.

Georgio Hyde was jailed for the burglary
Georgio Hyde was jailed for the burglary Credit: West Midlands Police

He then used the phone to call a taxi to take him and the stolen TV back to his home in Winchester Drive in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull.

But it was this call which proved his downfall after police examined the stolen phone's history and managed to get a recording of the booking from the taxi firm.

A local officer recognised his voice and, after a four-month manhunt he was arrested.

Hyde was jailed for 876 days at Birmingham Crown Court.

Jaguar Land Rover looking for female apprentices

West Midlands based car manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have announced they are looking to take on more female students at their sites at Lode Lane in Solihull and the new i54 business park factory in South Staffordshire.

JLR are hoping to encourage young women to become engineers Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

The company launched its 2014 recruitment campaign yesterday and hopes to take on 150 new recruits. They also unveiled a brand new initiative targeted at teenage girls in an effort to inspire more female engineers of the future to get involved.

JLR provide the UK’s largest automotive apprenticeship scheme with 500 students across its five sites in the country. However, out of those 500, only 24 are female apprentices.

Commenting on the launch of the new programme, Mike Wright, Executive Director of JLR said: “The Automotive sector is incredibly competitive and never has the challenge and opportunity for engineers in this industry been greater."

"It is therefore critical that Jaguar Land Rover attracts the next generation of engineers and innovators to help."

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Range Rover built in Solihull sets land crossing record

The new Range Rover Sport, built at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in the West Midlands, has set the fastest recorded time for a land vehicle crossing on one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments in the world.

The home of the Range Rover brand is based in Solihull Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The record, set in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, saw the new model cross a harsh desert known as ‘The Empty Quarter’ in a fastest recorded time of 10 hours, 22 minutes. The desert is the second largest after the Sahara and known for temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.

The time was set by a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running standard tyres. The only modification to the vehicle coming out of the JLR site at Lode Lane in Solihull was the fitment of an underbody protection plate.

Jaguar Land Rover posted record September sales this year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

The challenge is the second that the new Range Rover Sport has completed in recent months, following its record hill climb for a production SUV at Pikes Peak in America in June.

In September, the luxury car maker revealed a £1.5billion investment into its plant at Solihull, creating 1,700 new jobs.

And earlier this year, the company also announced it would be increasing its investment into its new factory at the i54 business park in South Staffordshire to £500million, employing a total of 1,300 people.

Couple left 'devastated' after £60k jewellery theft

by Chris Halpin

A couple say they've been left devastated after raiders stole jewellery worth £60,000 from their home in Solihull.

During the burglary CCTV caught two men forcing their way into the house when they made off with engagement and wedding rings and jewel encrusted watches.

The couple are now offering a £5,000 reward to anyone who can return the items. Chris Halpin reports.

Police appeal to pawnbrokers to find stolen jewellery

Detective Constable Mark Delaney from Solihull CID is investigating the theft of jewellery worth £60,000 from a house in the town on Saturday October 26.

He's urging anyone who might know the whereabouts of the items to contact him or his team.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Pictures: See some of the items which went missing in the burglary

Woman describes realisation of £60k jewellery theft

A woman who had £60,000 of jewellery stolen from her home in Solihull has described the moment she realised her prized possessions were missing.

Two men broke into Lisa Wilson's home on Warwick Road while she was out on Saturday October 26.

She had been to visit her parents with her 16-year-old son who has recently come out of hospital.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the thefts to contact them or call Crimestoppers.

Read: Police hunt thieves of jewellery worth £60,000

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Pictures of some of the jewellery stolen in £60k raid

This 5 carat diamond bracelet was stolen in the burglary Credit: ITV News Central

These pictures show some of the items of jewellery worth a total of £60,000 which were stolen from a house in Solihull on Saturday October 26.

This 2 carat diamond ring was an 18th birthday present for Mr and Mrs Wilson's daughter Credit: ITV News Central

The owners are now pleading with anyone for information to come forward, and are offering a £5,000 reward.

This emerald ring was bought as an investment for the couple's two children Credit: ITV News Central

Read: Owners of stolen jewellery offer £5,000 reward

Owners of stolen jewellery offer £5,000 reward

A couple who had jewellery worth £60,000 stolen from their home in Solihull are offering a £5,000 reward for its return.

Lisa & Martin Wilson's home on Warwick Road was broken into on Saturday October 26th shortly after 10.00pm.

Rings with precious gemstones and a diamond encrusted watch were stolen, all of which were uninsured.

Martin says the loss of the jewellery, some of which were family heirlooms, has been devastating for his wife and their two teenage children.

Police hunt thieves of jewellery worth £60,000

The items include rare emerald and diamond rings, watches and a bracelet Credit: ITV News Central

Police are hunting two men after jewellery worth £60,000 was stolen from a house in Solihull.

CCTV caught two men breaking into a house off Warwick Road shortly after 10.00pm on Saturday October 26.

It only took six minutes for the thieves to find the jewellery, which was being stored in a secret compartment in a downstairs cupboard.

It was uninsured as the owners had only recent moved into the rented house.

They're offering a £5000 reward to try and get the jewellery back, and police are asking anyone with information to come forward or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Wanted thief 'will steal without conscience'

A wanted criminal suspected of committing other offences while on licence from prison "steals without conscience", police have warned.

Lee Lynch, aged 50, was convicted of 143 offences - including many where he prised open changing room lockers at leisure centres and taking cash and mobile phones.

On some occasions, he even stole car keys and drove off in the car.

PC Paul Dempsey appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Lynch has twice failed to appear at court to answer these charges, so we are appealing to the public to assist in tracing him.

His offending history shows that he has little regard for other people’s property and will steal without conscience.

– PC Paul Dempsey, offender manager, West Midlands Police

He is suspected of committing a string of other offences while on licence, including other thefts and drugs offences, but never appeared at court.

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