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Police hunt for Solihull car sales conman

The man police want to speak to in connection with car sales fraud Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are hunting a Solihull car salesman who conned buyers out of thousands of pounds.

He tricked one driver into paying £15,000 for a Toyota Land Cruiser, but it later emerged that the number plates were fake and that the car had been reported as stolen.

Police believe the suspect may have carried out multiple similar crimes in the town. Other people have told police that they, too, agreed to buy cars advertised in a national car trading magazine, only to find the cars had been reported as stolen.

The suspect has a swallow bird tattoo on his right hand.

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Profumo affair witness Mandy Rice-Davies dies aged 70

Mandy Rice-Davies, pictured aged 18 Credit: PA

Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 70 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist said today.

It is with deep sadness that the family of Marilyn Foreman, also known as Mandy Rice-Davies, have confirmed that she passed away yesterday evening after a short battle with cancer. They have asked for their privacy to be respected and no further comment will be made.

– Hackford Jones PR spokesman

The former model and showgirl was a friend of Christine Keeler, whose affair with former government minister John Profumo in the early 1960s almost brought down the then-ruling Conservative government.

Rice-Davies, who was born near Llanelli and grew up in Solihull, became famous for a comment she made at the trial of Stephen Ward, who was accused of living off her and Keeler's "immoral earnings."

When prosecutors told her that Lord Astor denied an affair with her, she replied, "He would, wouldn't he?" - often misquoted as "Well he would say that, wouldn't he?".

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