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Pair charged with murder of Bloxwich woman Susan Whiting

20-year-old Susan Whiting

Detectives investigating the death of Susan Whiting have charged a man and a woman with her murder.

Steven Beard, 34 of Rowland Avenue, Bentley and Julie Beard, 35 of Heather Close, Dudley Fields were charged this afternoon and will appear before Wolverhampton Magistrates court tomorrow.

Susan was reported missing on Monday after she had spent the night at a friend's house, but was not there when her mother went to collect her.

The pair were arrested on Tuesday following the discovery of Susan's body at a house on Heather Close. Detectives were granted extra time to question them.

A post mortem showed that Susan died from head injuries, it was revealed today.



Murder inquiry launched into death of Phillip Floyd

Police at the scene in Moseley back in January earlier this year Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Police have launched a murder inquiry into the mysterious road death of Philip Floyd, nearly three months after he was found collapsed in a street in Moseley.

The 50-year-old died in hospital after he was found with serious facial injuries on Forest Road on January 28th.

Police believed he had been the victim of a hit-and-run, but a post-mortem examination indicates a severe blow to the head was the cause of death.

Detective Sergeant Neil Aston, from the force CID, said:

"We are now pretty certain that Phillip was not hit by a car but received a blow to the head and was left in the road. We are now treating this as a murder and we are renewing our appeal for information...

... We have previously released CCTV footage showing two cars driving down the street and a man running along Forrest Road. We would still like to appeal for the drivers and the running man to contact us...

...The family of Phillip have been made aware of the new developments in the case and specialist officers continue to assist them."

Man due to be sentenced over West Bromwich murder

Jagdev Singh Rai was yesterday found guilty of murdering his friend Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who murdered his friend and threw his body into a lake in West Bromwich is due to be sentenced today.

Jagdev Singh Rai lured his friend Jasbir Singh Bains to Dartmouth Park, slit his throat and flung his body into the water.

Rai stood to make hundreds of thousands of pounds from the death.

For full background on the case, click here.

Murderer labelled 'a cold-blooded killer' by police

West Midlands Police have called Jagdev Singh Rai, who murdered his friend for an insurance pay-out, a 'cold-blooded killer'.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said:

It was a difficult and complex investigation, taking us many months to build up the evidence to identify Rai as a suspect, but as a result of old-fashioned detective work, we quickly built a strong case against him.

The evidence we uncovered, although circumstantial, presented a very compelling case, one that the jury agreed was right.

He denied the murder from day one but I’m glad the jury saw through his lies and that this cold-blooded killer is facing a lengthy period of imprisonment.

– Detective Inspector Warren Hines
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