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Woman's body found in burnt-out car identified

The woman has been named as 27-year-old Tia Kounota.
The woman has been named as 27-year-old Tia Kounota. Credit: PA

A woman whose body was discovered in a burnt-out car in Birmingham has been named as 27-year-old Tia Kounota.

It was found on Tuesday night after emergency services were called to Fentham Road in Erdington.

34-year-old Damian Dinobewei has been remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates charged with her murder.

Detectives now want to trace the movements of a bright pink Audi A3 convertible and those travelling in it, which was in found on fire at 8.30pm.


WATCH: Dispute as Kelly Edwards misses out on gold

There's been debate over whether Shropshire's Kelly Edwards was unfairly penalised just three second from the end of her final.

Kelly had to settle for silver in the Judo -52kg section at the Commonwealth Games, while Scotland's Louise Renicks was awarded gold.

The 23-year-old was disqualified after she was handed a fourth and final penalty for a false attack when the points were level.

Cancer toddler in emotional video appeal for donor

A toddler from Staffordshire diagnosed with two types of leukaemia has made a heart-breaking video appeal to get 'just one more' person to sign up to the stem cell register.

Margot Martini sparked a worldwide appeal to find a donor, backed by celebrities such as Stephen Fry and John Bishop, which led to more than 50,000 people requesting swab kits from Delete Blood Cancer UK.

The two-year-old has had a bone marrow transplant but her father says the aggressive cancer has come back quicker than expected.

Read: Parents say 'time running out' for toddler with cancer

Three arrested following break-in at Dudley zoo

Dudley Zoo
Dudley Zoo Credit: PA

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of trying to break-in to Dudley Zoo.

A member of the public called police claiming to have seen a group scaling the wall at around 12.50am.

The police helicopter was launched and spotted the group running through the castle ruins.

A 22-year-old woman and two men, aged 24 and 26, remain in custody.


'Miracle no-one injured' after car crashes next to house

car ploughed into a tree and landed next to a parked van and a house.
The car ploughed into a tree and landed next to a parked van and a house. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It's been described as a miracle no-one was seriously injured after a car ploughed into a tree and landed next to a parked van and a house.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Armorial Road in Coventry at around 1am this morning.

The driver, a man aged in his 30's, only suffered a minor wrist injury.

Crews arrived to find a car that had left the carriageway, collided with a tree, and had come to rest on a driveway against a parked van and a house, with its bonnet pointing in the air. With the assistance of the emergency services the driver of the car managed climb out of a rear window of the vehicle to safety.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service

Government bans Red Arrows using Scottish colours

The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
The Red Arrows fly over Celtic Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Credit: PA

It's being reported that the new Defence Secretary over-ruled plans for the Red Arrows to trail the colours of the Scottish flag at the Commonwealth Games.

According to the Daily Mail, Michael Fallon said it would have been a highly political statement.

It would have come just weeks ahead of a referendum in Scotland on whether the country should become independent.


Train staff to strike over 'paltry' pay offer

East Midlands Trains staff are to strike for four days in a dispute over pay.

Engineering and maintenance staff in Leeds, as well as Derby and Nottingham, will strike from 6am on Sunday 27 July to 5.59am on Thursday 31 July.

Workers' union Unite asked for an improvement on what they describe as a 'paltry' 2.75 percent pay rise for the year April 2014 to April 2015. That offer has now been withdrawn by East Midlands Train bosses, according to the union.

The strike coincides with the "big get away" weekend as schools across the country stop for summer and many families rely on public transport to go on holiday.

Our members have worked hard for this company adapting to the many changes asked of them. However, they were very disappointed with the current paltry pay offer, now withdrawn, at a time when household bills are going through the roof. The management has not applied equal treatment to this group of workers as other groups of employees have received greater improvements to their terms and conditions. The timing of this dispute was set by the employer’s failure to recognise Unite members’ legitimate grievances.

– Mick Millichamp, Unite regional officer
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