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London taxi firm to build £250m factory in Coventry

Production of TX4 London Taxi at The London Taxi Company, Coventry Credit: PA

The firm that makes the iconic London taxi is to build a new £250 million factory, creating up to 1,000 jobs.

Chinese giant Geely said the new state-of the-art research, development and assembly facility for the London Taxi Company would be built in Coventry.

The group said it was preparing for the introduction of the next generation electric and ultra-low emission London Black Cab. mf 260607 MAR 15

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Nicola Payne's parents appear outside court

The parents of Nicola Payne Credit: ITV News Central

The family of Nicola Payne who disappeared 23 years ago, have been at Birmingham Magistrates Court as two men appear charged with her muder.

Melaine Eales, the Nicola's aunt, reads a statement on the family's behalf.

DI Martin Slevin from West Midlands Police speaking outside of court.

Missing mother murder accused remanded in custody

Two men charged with murdering a young mother who disappeared more than 23 years ago have been remanded in custody by a court.

Nigel Barwell, 50, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road, both Coventry, are accused of killing 18-year-old Nicola Payne in the city in 1991.

Nicola Payne had a seven-month-old son when she disappeared Credit: Family handout

They appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court, where they spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and that they understood the charge against them.

Nicola, who left behind a seven-month-old son, has not been seen since December 1991, when she left her boyfriend's house to return to her parents' home nearby.

Nicola's father, John Payne, was among the family and friends who packed into the court's public gallery for the hearing.

Barwell and O'Reilly were remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on January 30.

Two men due in court charged with Nicola Payne murder

Two people are due to appear in court today charged with the murder of young mother Nicola Payne, who went missing 23 years ago.

Nicola Payne has been missing since 1991. Credit: PA Wire

Nigel Barwell, 51, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road, both Coventry, were charged yesterday with killing 18-year-old Nicola Payne.

They will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Ms Payne, who had a seven month old son at the time of her disappearance, has not been seen since leaving her boyfriend's house and for her parents' home in Coventry in 1991.

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Timeline: Investigation into murder of Nicola Payne

Two men have been charged with the murder of missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne, who disappeared 23 years ago.

Nicola Payne was 18 when she went missing Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police said the charges "follow months of extensive enquiries."

Timeline of events

  • Nicola goes missing on 14th December 1991 after leaving her boyfriend's house. A number of police searches come to nothing.
  • 2007: Detectives re-examine the case with Nicola's parents making a fresh appeal for information.
  • 2012: Investigation reopened after new information comes to light
  • 2013: Police announced a forensic breakthrough and arrest two men later released on bail.
  • A three-day search of woodland at Coombe Abbey Park near Coventry uncovers "items of interest"
  • Today: Two men arrested in 2013 are charged with Nicola's abduction and murder

Nigel Barwell, 51, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road will appear before magistrates tomorrow, charged with her murder.

A 52-year-old year old woman, originally arrested in December 2013 on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and later bailed, has since been released without charge.

Two men to appear in court over Nicola Payne's murder

Two men will appear in court tomorrow charged with the murder of Coventry mum Nicola Payne, who went missing 23 years ago.

Nigel Barwell, 51, and Thomas O’Reilly, 50, both from Coventry, have been charged with Nicola's murder and abduction, West Midlands Police said.

The pair have been remanded into custody and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Nicola’s family are aware of the developments and are working closely with specially trained family liaison officers, a police spokesperson said.

DI Martin Slevin who is leading the investigations said: “Today’s charges follow months of extensive enquiries by a team of dedicated officers who are investigating the disappearance of Nicola.

"But I want to reassure Nicola’s family and the local community that the search for Nicola will continue.

"Over the past year a number of sites have been searched and these investigations will carry on."

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Two charged with murder of missing Nicola Payne

Two people have been charged with the murder of missing mother, Nicola Payne, from Coventry.

She went missing 23 years ago as she walked from her boyfriend's home to her parents' house.

Her body still has not been found.

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