Nick Clegg has met locals in the West Midlands with his party's candidate for Solihull, Lorely Burt.
The Liberal Democrat leader spoke to children as a new scheme to protect hedgehogs was launched.
A project to create the UK's first dedicated hedgehog conservation area was launched as part of efforts to reverse declines in populations of the prickly creature.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's scheme, funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, will also work with the local community to raise awareness of the animals' plight and bring in hedgehog-friendly measures such as creating small holes in fences.
A police force have used a picture of Gollum as they try to find the owner of a ring recovered from a jewellery store.
The Lord of the Rings character is wearing a Burberry cap and some gold jewellery in the picture tweeted by Solihull Police:
Police believe the ring may have been stolen and are trying to track down its rightful owner.
Earlier the force had tweeted more details:
The Midlands force have been known to take a light hearted approach to their Twitter feed, having previously told burglars they could be given an iPad if they admit their crimes.
Two off-duty officers dressed as zoo animals arrested a violent man yesterday, police said.
Solihull Police later tweeted a picture of their employees' costumes, saying that although they were off duty, "justice never rests."
A woman has said she is sick with worry after her bank in Birmingham lost a safety deposit box containing up to £20,000 of family heirlooms.
Staff at the branch of NatWest bank where the box was supposed to be in safe-keeping told 69-year-old Hayat Panwar they could not find it when she went to collect the contents for a wedding.
It contained several sentimental items including her father's gold pocket watch and wedding jewellery made from Indian gold given to her by her late mother and grandmother.
Mrs Panwar said she broke down in tears when she was told the news at the branch in Solihull.
She said: "I cried, I was so upset. It makes no sense to me - how they could lose it? How can you trust a bank that loses something like that?"
She said her health has suffered and she has been "sick with worry" since being told of the loss in November 2012.
After almost six months of investigations, NatWest has so far been unable to trace the deposit box and has apologised.