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”We just spent and spent and spent,“ Mr Hills told the police

Man arrested after M25 motorway chase

A man was arrested today after leading police on a 140mph chase on the M25.

New BMW engine to be built in UK

A new generation of engines for the future BMW plug-in hybrid sports car will be built at a UK factory, it was announced today.

Usain Bolt unharmed in 5.15 am car crash in Jamaica

Usain Bolt walked away unharmed from an early morning car crash in Jamaica yesterday. According to a report in the Jamaica Gleaner, later confirmed by Bolt's management, the Olympic 100m and 200m runner crashed his BMW car at 5.15am at Half Way Tree, St Andrew.

Work at the Hams Hall plant

BMW produces three-millionth engine at UK plant

BMW has now produced three million four-cylinder petrol engines at its plant at Hams Hall in the UK Midlands. The factory has supplied engines for the Mini since 2006, when the company started phasing out the Chrysler-sourced power units that had previously been used, and it has been producing engines for BMW-badged cars such as the 1-Series, 3-Series and X1 for over a decade.

Hams Hall

UK car factory Hams Hall celebrates as it builds three millionth engine in landmark production achievement

A UK car factory has built its three millionth engine in a landmark production achievement praised by its owners and the Government.

BMW 640d Gran Coupé - First Drive

Engine: 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder turbo-diesel

Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 313 PS at 4,400 rpm

Torque: 630 Nm between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm

Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 49.6 mpg

CO2 emissions: 149 g/km

Top speed: 155 mph (artificially limited)

Acceleration (0-62 mph): 5.4 seconds

Price: £63,900 (6-Series Gran Coupé range starts at £61,390 for the 640i)

Suspended jail term for Premier League footballer Jermaine Pennant

Premier League footballer Jermaine Pennant has been given an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, and has been disqualified from driving for three years after he admitted drink-driving.

BMW electric 1-Series ActiveE

Motor: synchronous electric motor (12,000 rpm max. speed)
Battery pack: 2kWh lithium-ion, 192 cells/25 modules divided between three compartments
Power: 170 PS
Torque: 250 Nm
Range: up to 100 miles
CO2 emissions: zero at tailpipe but overall impact depends on fuel burnt at power station
Top speed: 90 mph (artificially limited)
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 9 seconds
Price: trials vehicle not available for sale

Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant arrested over alleged assault

Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in a nightclub, sources said.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Engine: 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine paired with electric motor
Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Power: 306 PS at 5,800 rpm + 40kW (electric motor)
Torque: 400 Nm between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 44.1 mpg
CO2 emissions: 149 g/km
Top speed: 155 mph (artificially limited)
Acceleration (0-62 mph)
: 5.9 seconds
Price: £46,855

Stoke City's Jermaine Pennant charged with drink-driving after car crash

Premier League footballer Jermaine Pennant has been charged with drink-driving.

BMW and Locog unveil low-CO2 Olympic fleet

BMW and the London 2012 organising committee, Locog, yesterday revealed details of the 4,000-strong vehicle fleet the car-maker will be providing as Official Automotive Partner for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: Neighbourhood watch volunteer has admitted shooting dead Trayvon Martin

Trayvon killer is bailed – and goes straight into hiding

Zimmerman is allowed to live in secret location outside Florida because of threat of attacks

Mini Cooper S Roadster

Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbocharged
Transmission: six-speed manual
Power: 184 PS
Torque: 240 Nm between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 47.1 mpg
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km
Top speed: 141 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 7.0 seconds
Price: £20,905

Judd Trump: 'My Twitter account used to say 'part-time
playboy' on it but I've taken that down now'

Judd Trump: 'I love fast cars but please don't call me a playboy'

He has enjoyed himself after reaching last year's world snooker final. But his fun will be limited to the table next week

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Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas