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Woman dies in fatal crash in Staffordshire

A woman has died following a road traffic collision in Burton this morning.

The crash occurred on Alrewas Road, just off the A38 in Alrewas, at 5.45am.

Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

“Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in significant collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save the woman travelling in one car and sadly, she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“One other man, travelling in the second car, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Queens Hospital Burton for further assessment.”

– Spokesman, West Midlands Ambulance Service

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Two remanded in custody over Nicola Payne murder

Nicola Payne with her baby son before she went missing in 1991 Credit: Family handout

Two men have appeared in crown court today accused of murdering young mum Nicola Payne, who went missing 23 years ago.

Nigel Barwell and Thomas O'Reilly, both 50 and from Coventry, appeared via videolink at Birmingham Crown Court this morning charged with murdering the 18-year-old between December 13 and 16 1991.

Asked by Judge Burbidge QC if they had anything to say before being remanded, Barwell said: "I just want to say we're both innocent men and we sit here, in custody, as innocent men, Sir."

Barwell, of Copperas Street, and O'Reilly, of Ribble Road, were remanded in custody to next appear at Birmingham Crown Court on April 23 for a plea hearing.

Ms Payne has not been seen since disappearing in Coventry in December 1991 after leaving her boyfriend's house to set off for her parents' home. She left behind a son, who was seven months old at the time.

Her family, including father John Payne, sat at the back of court throughout today's 20-minute hearing.

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