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Man dies in Smethwick crash with three others injured

A man has died and three others were injured - two seriously - after a car crash in Smethwick.

The car containing the four passengers crashed outside St Marks Community Project in Thimblemill Road shortly after 10.45pm last night (Saturday).

When ambulance staff arrived they found four occupants who had been involved in the RTC (Road Traffic Collision; three of which required immediate medical help.

One man was out of the car, in a critical condition and deteriorating quickly.

Sadly, the man went into cardiac arrest and despite the best efforts of doctors and paramedics, nothing could be done to save him and was confirmed dead on scene.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

A second man, in his 30s, was trapped inside the wreckage and a third was trapped beneath the vehicle.

They are being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A fourth man with minor injuries was taken to Sandwell Hospital.

Family living in fear after arson attempt on their home

Chowdhury family at their home Credit: BPM Media

A family say they are living in fear after witnessing a man set fire to their home when he poured petrol through their letter box.

Marzana Chowdhury was at home with her 15 year old son Taher when she heard what sounded like running water. Then she saw a pipe had been pushed through her door and someone was pouring liquid in. She saw a man set light to her door.

The fire brigade were able to put it out before their was serious damage.

The family who have lived in the house for 20 years said they had no idea why their home was attacked.

Police are appealing for witnesses

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Man to appear in court accused of Smethwick murder

A man accused of murdering Glynis Bensley, from Smethwick, has been remanded in custody.

Zoheb Majib of Cheshire Road was arrested by police in the Highgate area of Birmingham on Thursday night.

The 20-year-old appeared before Wolverhampton magistrates today where he was ordered to appear before the city’s crown court on Monday.

Glynis Bensley was found in Cheshire Road last Wednesday, just before midnight. A post-mortem examination found she died of head injuries.

Read more: Third person arrested over Smethwick murder

Police appeal for man who set fire to Smethwick home

Police are investigating a fire in Smethwick after a mother witnessed a man sticking a pipe through her letterbox and pouring liquid through it.

The fire service were called and were able to extinguish the fire before any serious damage was done but police say it could have been a lot worse.

Forensic experts have examined the scene for evidence and officers are conducting house to house enquiries in a bid to trace the suspect.

Mother witnesses man setting fire to her home

Police are investigating a Smethwick fire after a mother witnessed a man pushing a pipe through the letterbox and setting fire to the door.

The 37-year-old said she heard a noise like running water and went to investigate. She saw a pipe with a distinctive smelling liquid pouring through and a figure on the other side of the door.

She challenged the man and ran to the window where she could see him walking away having set the door on fire.

The woman and her son escaped the property in St. Georges Drive, unhurt, just before 2pm on Thursday after fire services were able to extinguish the fire.

Third person arrested over Smethwick murder

A third person has been arrested over the murder of a woman from Smethwick.

Glynis Bensley was found in Cheshire Road last week Credit: ITV News Central

Glynis Bensley was found in Cheshire Road last Wednesday, just before midnight. A post-mortem examination found she died of head injuries.

The 20-year-old local man was arrested yesterday and is being questioned by officers today.

A 13-year-old boy has already been charged with the 47-year-old woman's murder, and has been remanded into secure accommodation. He is due to appear at Crown Court today.

A 14-year-old boy remains on bail while police continue their investigations.

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13-yr-old charged with murder of Smethwick woman

A 13-year-old boy will appear in court today charged with the murder of a woman in Smethwick.

The teenager is due in court charged with the woman's murder Credit: ITV News Central

Glynis Bensley was found on Cheshire Road just before midnight last Wednesday.

A post mortem examination found she had died form a head injury.

The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, will appear at Sandwell Youth Court this morning.

Smethwick murder: 13-year-old boy arrested

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Smethwick.

Glynis Bensley was found on Cheshire Street last week Credit: ITV News Central

The teenager is the second person to be arrested in connection with the death of Glynis Bensley, who was found on Cheshire Street just before midnight last Wednesday.

A 14-year-old boy who was previously arrested has been released on bail.

A post mortem examination has found that the 47-year-old had died as a result of a head injury.

Smethwick murder victim named as Glynis Bensley

Police investigating the murder of a woman in Smethwick have today named her as Glynis Bensley, 48, who lived locally.

Cheshire Road in Smethwick, where Glynis Bensley was found Credit: ITV News Central

Ms Bensley was found collapsed on Cheshire Road just before 11.50pm on 3rd September. She was pronounced dead by medical staff at the scene.

A post mortem examination confirmed she died from a head injury.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested at an address in the area last Thursday afternoon and was released on conditional bail the following day while enquiries continue.

DCI Sam Ridding, from Force CID, said:

We are still piecing together all of the information we have gathered to determine Glynis' last movements and what led to her tragic death.

Our thoughts remain with Glynis' family and friends who are devastated by what has happened and specially trained officers are working with them at this time.

Smethwick murder: Teenager released on police bail

A 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in a street has been released on police bail.

West Midlands Police said the teenager, who was detained on Thursday in Smethwick, near Birmingham, has been freed on conditional bail pending further inquiries.

Police have yet to release the name of a 48-year-old woman who was found dead in Cheshire Road, Smethwick, at around 11.50pm on Wednesday.

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