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Appeal to find bone marrow inspires surge in donors

Riya is urgently looking for a matching donor
Riya is urgently looking for a matching donor Credit: Anthony Nolan

An appeal to find matching bone marrow for a woman from Solihull who is fighting blood cancer has led to a ten-fold increase in Asian donors in the Birmingham area - but she still needs to find a match.

Riya Dandekar, who is 21, has a rare form of blood cancer called Anaplastic Lymphoma, and has been told her best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant.

Riya Dandekar in hospital in Solihull
Riya Dandekar in hospital in Solihull Credit: Anthony Nolan

But the Anthony Nolan charity, which runs the bone marrow register, says Asian people are underrepresented on it, and despite the surge in donors, Riya still doesn't have a match.

Visit the Anthony Nolan website for information on how to sign up to the register.

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Man charged with murder after woman's body found in burnt-out car

A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a woman's body in a burnt-out car in Birmingham.

Officers were called to reports of a car fire on Fentham Road in Erdington on Tuesday night. The woman is yet to be identified.

Unemployed 34-year-old, Damian Dinobewei of Pershore Road, will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

See Jess Varnish claim bronze in cycling time trial

Birmingham-born Jess Varnish earlier claimed a bronze in the 500m time trial cycling event at the Commonwealth Games.

Varnish's time of 34.267 seconds was enough to get her on the podium. One of the sports greatest names Anna Meares from Australia took the gold there. There was also a 6th placed finish for Solihull's Danni Khan.

Pictures from BBC Sport.

Concerns for woman missing for more than a week

Eve Cullen went missing more than a week ago
Eve Cullen went missing more than a week ago Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a woman missing from Hollywood, in Birmingham, due to the length of time since she disappeared.

Eve Cullen has not been seen since Thursday 17 July, when she left her home at about 2.30pm.

The 52-year-old is described as 5ft 9ins tall, with brown collar-length hair and glasses. She was last seen in a mustard t-shirt, green three-quarter length trousers and white trainers.

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Flower tributes for woman's body in burnt-out car

Flowers left on Fentham Road in Erdington
Flowers left on Fentham Road in Erdington Credit: ITV News Central

Tributes have been left at the scene of where a woman's body was discovered in a burnt-out car in Birmingham.

The car was found on Fentham Road in Erdington on Tuesday night after reports of a parked car on fire.

Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of murder.

Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of murder.
Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of murder. Credit: ITV News Central

Woman's body found in burnt-out car in Birmingham

A woman's body has been discovered in a burnt-out car in Birmingham.
A woman's body has been discovered in a burnt-out car in Birmingham. Credit: PA

It's been revealed that it is a woman's body which has been discovered in a burnt-out car in Birmingham.

It was found on Fentham Road in Erdington on Tuesday night after reports of a parked car on fire.

Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of murder.

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