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14-yr-old boy arrested after woman's body found

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a woman's body was discovered in Smethwick. Credit: PA

A 14-year-old boy remains in police custody this morning after he was arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman's body in Smethwick.

Officers were called to Cheshire Road just before midnight on Wednesday.

A 48-year-old woman was confirmed dead at the scene.

The teenager was arrested at a nearby address yesterday evening.

Teenage boy arrested over Smethwick murder

A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a Smethwick street.

The 14-year-old was arrested from a house in the area around Cheshire Street, where the 48-year-old was found, at 4pm this afternoon.

Det Ch Insp Sam Ridding appealed for anyone with information to get in touch, and said extra patrols were being carried out in the area to reassure the community.

The woman has yet to be formally identified. A forensic post mortem will be carried out in the coming days to establish cause of death.


Pictures from the scene of Smethwick murder

A woman's body has been found in Smethwick Credit: ITV News Central

A murder investigation is continuing after a woman's body was found in Smethwick.

Officers were called to Cheshire Road just before midnight where they discovered the 48-year-old.

Officers were called to Cheshire Road just before midnight Credit: ITV News Central
Officers discovered the 48-year-old's body Credit: ITV News Central

George Osborne tweets about new hospital

Designs unveiled for new £353m Smethwick hospital

A computer generated pictures of what an interior space at the hospital could look like Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
The £353m hospital received backing from the Chancellor of the Exchequer this morning Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Building work on the site in Smethwick could start as soon as 2016, and be finished sometime in 2018 or 2019 Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust


New hospital 'vote of confidence in 7,500 staff'

Speaking after the Chancellor of the Exchequer this morning backed plans for a new £353 hospital in Smethwick, Richard Samuda, Chairman of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals commented:

“This is a vote of confidence in 7,500 staff at the Trust. The Chancellor’s announcement at Rowley Regis Hospital reinforces our strategy of local care for long term conditions and a single specialist acute centre at the Midland Met.”

Chief Executive, Toby Lewis added:

“This is a decisive moment for healthcare in the West Midlands. We welcome the determination of the Chancellor to support the regeneration of Smethwick with this vital project for patients.”

Government backs new £353m hospital in Smethwick

What the new £353 million hospital in Smethwick could look like Credit: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

The Government has backed plans for a new £353 million hospital in the West Midlands.

The Midland Metropolitan Hospital has been given the go-ahead by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this morning.

The new acute hospital will be funded by both the public and private sector through a Private Finance 2 deal.

George Osborne said:

This ambitious package will ensure that patients across the West Midlands continue to benefit from access to world-class acute treatment and cutting edge facilities.

It is because of the difficult decisions we have taken as a government that we have been able to protect healthcare spending, and announce new facilities like the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.”

Construction of the new hospital is expected to start in 2016 and be completed by 2018-19, with plans to be finalised over the coming months.

Police 'determined to know what happened' to pensioner

An officer from the Collision Investigation Unit at West Midlands Police has been speaking after they released CCTV footage of the vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run death of 73-year-old Bill Fenton.

Sgt Paul Hughes said:

We have spent the last six months trying to find the person and vehicle which hit Bill. We have been in regular contact with Bill’s family and updated them at every stage of the investigation; we are determined to know what has happened to him in order to help his family come to terms with his death.

The vehicle may have damage to the front offside following the collision and may well have been repaired by now. We would continue to ask anyone with information about what happened that night to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.

Police describe CCTV footage of car leaving hit-and-run

West Midlands Police have found paint samples from a blue Fiat Punto, believed to have hit 73-year-old Bill Fenton Credit: PA

West Midlands Police have described CCTV footage of two cars seen at the time of a hit-and-run which killed 73-year-old Bill Fenton.

They believe the drivers of the vehicles may have vital information.

Footage shows a blue Fiat Punto overtaking another car - possibly a Volvo XC60 - before driving along the wrong side of the road to the junction onto Bearwood Road where it turned right.

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