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88-year-old woman killed at busy crossing

The junction at Bloxwich Road and Leamore Lane Credit: ITV News Central

An elderly lady has died after being hit by a car at a busy Walsall road junction.

The lady was crossing at the junction of Bloxwich Road and Leamore Lane just before midday yesterday (Sat Aug 13) when she was struck by a silver VW Golf.

She was taken to QE Hospital with critical injuries but sadly pronounced dead later that evening.

The 25-year-old male driver stopped at the scene and gave a voluntary interview to police officers; he has been released pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101.

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An inquest rules that Gina Lander was unlawfully killed

Gina Lander was reported missing from her home on 16th March Credit: West Midlands Police

The disappearance of a New Zealand national from Walsall is being treated as a murder.

Gina Lander was reported missing from her home on 16th March this year by her partner. Despite a number of appeals, no trace of the 46-year-old was found.

On 21st April police were called to reports of a man falling from a bridge over the M6 motorway in Walsall. The man identified as David Stokes, from Mellish Road, died following the fall.

The 39-year-old was Gina’s partner and at the time she was reported missing.

One line of enquiry to date has been that David Stokes may have killed Gina and disposed of her remains shortly before she was reported missing. The investigation was handed to the coroner. At an inquest today ruled that Gina’s death was an unlawful killing and that David Stokes committed suicide.

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Fundraising appeal to help repair shop after arson attack

A fundraising appeal has begun online to help a man whose Halal meat shop was badly damaged in a petrol bomb attack.

The damage caused after the arson attack Credit: ITV News Central / Steve Clamp

CCTV footage shows the suspect moments before the attack on Monday 27 June in Wednesbury Road.

Police say they don't believe the attack was racially motivated, and no-one has been arrested.

The fundraising page was set up by a man who lives opposite the store. He says the owner is "very shaken and troubled by the incident".

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