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Woman's body found in burnt-out car identified

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.


Man jailed for 5 years for causing death of child

A man from Birmingham has been jailed for five years after causing the death of a five year old boy in a collision on Easter Monday 2013.

Cameron Ward was with his parents and being pushed along on an adult bike when they were hit by a car driven by 32 year old Wayne Payne from Erdington. He was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a three day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Hopefully this sentence will be a warning to motorists who drive at excessive and wholly inappropriate speeds within residential areas. Payne will now have to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.

– Sergeant Neil Higgins, West Midlands Police

'A day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop' says MP

On the day that Goodyear Dunlop brings tyre manufacturing to an end in Birmingham, Jack Dromey, the MP for Erdington, has said it is 'a day of shame' for the company.

Today is a day of shame for Goodyear Dunlop. They could have moved three miles to Aston. But a decision was made 3,500 miles away in Ohio to end 125 years of manufacturing in Birmingham. Their message to a highly-skilled and long-serving workforce is 'thanks for your past loyalty, here's your redundancy notice'.

He also had a message to the workforce, saying they 'deserved better', and that he would work to get them a new job.

You can be proud of who you are, decent men and women, Birmingham's best. I share your sense of betrayal. Three generations of one family alone in Erdington had served 102 years in the factory. You deserved better.

Now the task is to ensure not one Dunlop worker ends up on the dole. I will continue to work with good employers like Jaguar Land Rover and the Dunlop Aircraft Tyres factory to get you into a job as quickly as possible.

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