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Stab victim named as partner charged with murder

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A man's been charged with the murder of his partner who arrived at a doctors surgery with stab injuries earlier this week.

Ronald Cooke, aged 54, of Granville Road, Cradley Heath, is due to appear before Dudley Magistrates Court tomorrow morning in connection with the death in Rowley Regis on Monday.

A post mortem confirmed the victim who has tonight been named as Tina Billingham, died as a result of stab wounds to the chest and stomach area.

Read more:Woman dies after arriving at doctors with stab wound


Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision

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A motorcyclist was left with serious injuries after his motorbike collided with a car in the Black Country on Saturday.

The crash happened at the junction of Rowley Village and Mackmillan Road in Rowley Regis just after 9.15pm yesterday evening.

He was treated at the roadside before being taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

One occupant from the car, which also hit a wall in the collision, was assessed and treated by ambulance staff after suffering a facial injury as well as neck and upper back pain.


Crews at Rowley Regis fire, despite strike action

Eight fire crews from West Midlands Fire Service are attending a blaze at an empty factory in Rowley Regis in the Black Country. It broke out on Doulton Road. The service say crews are remaining in attendance, despite tonight's latest spell of industrial action.

Petrol attack 'a horrific crime'

Police say a man found guilty of setting fire to his ex-partner in the Black Country committed the crime out of 'pure malice'.

Daniel Sheldon, 42, from Russells Hall Road in Dudley, is due to be sentenced next month.

"This was a horrific crime committed out of pure malice at having been jilted by his partner. It is a measure of Sheldon’s character that he went to set fire to his ex-partner’s home in the dead of night and when disturbed by the woman, he doused her in petrol and set fire to her in front of her young daughter.

"But this horror wasn’t enough for Sheldon who then coolly walked into the house and set fire to the family home where a baby was sleeping. Like a coward he then ran off in an attempt to evade justice and when captured, tried to deny any knowledge of the offence."

– Detective Constable Andy Barnsley, West Midlands Police

Man who set fire to former girlfriend found guilty

A man who doused his former girlfriend in petrol and set her on fire in front of her children has been found guilty of attempted murder.

42-year-old Damion Sheldon from Russells Hall Road in Dudley, poured the fuel over the victim at her home in Haden Walk in Rowley Regis last December.

The woman's nine-year-old daughter helped her to take off her clothes and got her mother to drop and roll.

During this time, Sheldon walked into the house and set fire to the home, where a 13-month old baby was sleeping upstairs.

Firefighters managed to find the lifeless baby, performed CPR for five minutes and brought the child back to life.

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