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Man charged with murder after body found in flat

A man is due before magistrates tomorrow charged with murder Credit: PA

A man has been charged with murder and is due before magistrates tomorrow, after a body was found at a flat in Warley. Officers were called to Thompson Road yesterday.

Police say Darren Lander, who's 28 and of no fixed address has been remanded in custody and is due before Sandwell Magistrates Court in the morning.

The victim has been named as Richard Groves who was 32.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

"I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious in or around Thompson Road between 5pm and midnight on Monday 16 May."

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin



Weekend Picks: St George’s Day Celebrations in West Bromwich and Sandwell

This Saturday Manor House Museum will host a St George’s Day Family Fun Day.

St George’s Day Celebrations Credit: Sandwell Council Museums Service

There will be a re-enactment encampment, magic, crafts and much more. Food will also be available.

Then on Sunday it’s the annual St George's Day Parade and Family Fun Day. A parade will leave Westminster Road around 10.45am and arrive at Dartmouth Park an hour later.

The Royal British Legion will lead the parade and a remembrance and respect ceremony and one minute silence in the park at 12 noon.

The fun day then runs until 5pm, with a host of entertainment, including Pat Collins Fun Fair, At the fun day there’ll be bouncy castles, slides, go-karts, live performances and a children’s magic show.

There will be loads to see and do, and visitors can get a glimpse of this beautiful 13th century building. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.

– Jane Hanney, Sandwell Council’s Museums Service

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Hundreds gather to pay tribute to Sandwell Council leader

Hundreds gathered to pay respect to Darren Cooper Credit: ITV News Central

A minute's silence has been held in memory of Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper who died suddenly on Saturday.

Hundreds of employees gathered outside Oldbury Civic Square to pay their respects. The 52-year-old had been a councillor for Soho and Victoria in Smethwick since 1991, and became council leader in 2009. A book of condolence has also been opened at the council house.

The Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council, Steve Eling has said he's not surprised by how many people turned up to pay tribute to Cooper.

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