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Notorious child killer Raymond Morris dies in prison

Notorious child killer Raymond Morris has died in prison at the age of 84, prison bosses have confirmed.

Morris, who is believed to have been responsible for killing a number of schoolgirls in the 60s, died yesterday of natural causes at HMP Preston, where he was serving a life sentence.

Raymond Morris Credit: ITV News Central

He was jailed for life in 1969 after being convicted of the abduction and murder of seven-year-old Christine Darby from a street in Walsall, and murdering her in Cannock Chase.

Christine Darby, from Walsall, was murdered by Morris in the 60s Credit: ITV News Central

He was also prime suspect in the killing of six year-old Margaret Reynolds, from Aston in Birmingham, and Bloxwich schoolgirl Diane Tift, aged five, though those cases were left on file.


M6 body: road closures for next two hours - police

West Midlands Police says road closures on the M6 southbound will be in place for the next two hours after a body was discovered this morning.

Body found on M6 - road closures in place

A body has been found on the M6 near Walsall.

Police are investigating the death - currently being treated as unexplained - on the M6 southbound between junctions 10A for Cannock and 10 for Walsall.

Closures are in place at M6 junction southbound and junction 1 of the M54 and are expected to remain until around 12pm.

Signed diversions are in place with travellers advised to leave the M6 southbound at junction 11.

Five-year-old boy seriously injured after being hit by car

A young boy was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The boy, aged five, was hit in Chapel Street, Norton Canes, Cannock, shortly before 3.45pm.

The child was hit in Cannock this afternoon Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

He suffered serious head, pelvic and leg injuries in the crash, and was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for treatment after being anaesthetised by paramedics.

Man killed in two-car crash in Cannock named by police

A man who was killed in a two-car smash which saw his Porsche spin off the road and land in a ditch has been named by police.

George Taylor, aged 66, of Dorchester Road, Cannock, was driving his Porsche Boxster on the A460 Wolverhampton Road near junction 11 of the M6 when it crashed with a green Citroen Xsara PIcasso.

Ambulance crews were called to the scene but nothing could be done to save the man Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics were called to the scene shortly before 3.15pm on Friday but were unable to save Mr Taylor.

A man and a woman, both aged 23, and a baby were travelling in the Citroen and were not injured in the crash.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.


Father walks to Downing Street to raise awareness of child abductions by parents, full report

A father who had to fly to Thailand to rescue his son who had been taken without permission by his ex- wife is calling on the government to do more to intervene in cases of abduction.

Sean Felton from Cannock in Staffordshire believes only political pressure can achieve the vital breakthrough for parents seeking to be reunited with their children thousands of miles from home.

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