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Funeral home: 'No bodies in coffins shown in photos'

The Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare. Credit: ITV News Central

The boss of a funeral home which reportedly stored coffins containing bodies in a corridor next to an old bike has said there were no bodies in the coffins shown in the photograph.

Ben Reid, the Chief Executive of the Midcounties Co-operative in Walsall, said he wanted to reassure relatives that their loved ones had always been treated with respect.

He agreed bodies were kept in the chilled corridor in coffins for a short time before being taken to the Chapel of Rest, when their families visited.

Mr Reid added that an investigation was now underway to find out how someone had access to a camera at work.

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Over sixty firefighters tackle blaze at factory in Willenhall

Over sixty firefighters are at the scene of the factory fire in Willenhall. The fire started earlier this morning and it is not yet known what the cause was.

Roads have been closed while the fire is extinguished, and residents have been advised to keep doors and windows shut due to large amounts of smoke.

Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Man faces attempted rape and theft claims

Stock image of police officer Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Archive/Press Association Images

A man appeared before Walsall Magistrates yesterday charged with theft, possession of a knife and attempted rape.

31-year-old Mircea Raicu, of Village Road, in the Witton area of Birmingham, appeared in court after a 59-year-old Walsall woman was attacked on the canal towpath near the Sutton Road bridge at around 3.30pm on Tuesday.

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