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Woman dies in Birmingham house fire

A woman has died in a house fire in Birmingham.

More than a dozen firefighters tackled the blaze on Mears Drive in Stechford on Thursday evening, West Midlands Fire Service said.

The 55-year-old woman, who was found in an upstairs bedroom, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the house at the time, the fire service added.

The cause of the fire, which has since been put out, is not yet known.


Man's body found in Worcestershire village

A member of the public discovered the body of a man on Middle Lane in Wythall on Thursday morning. Credit: PA

An investigation is underway after the body of a man was found in a village in Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police said the body was discovered by a member of the public on Middle Lane in Wythall at around 10am on Thursday.

A large section of the lane has been closed off, the force added.

The circumstances surrounding the man's death are being investigated and officers are working to identify him and contact his next of kin.


Aston Villa hand striker Agbonlahor 'substantial fine'

Gabby Agbonlahor has stepped down as skipper. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have confirmed their investigation into Gabriel Agbonlahor has resulted in him receiving a "substantial" fine, with the striker "reminded of his responsibilities as a professional footballer".

His suspension has been lifted and Agbonlahor will be available for selection from Monday.

Birmingham address searched after terror arrest

Searches are being carried out at two London addresses and an address in Birmingham as part of the investigation, police said. Credit: PA

An address in Birmingham is being searched by detectives after a man suspected of planning to travel to Syria to commit terror offences was arrested in London, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 21-year-old was arrested just after midday and was taken to a police station where he remains in custody.

Searches are also being carried out at two London addresses, police added.

Agbonlahor says sorry as he quits as Villa captain

Gabriel Agbonlahor Credit: PA

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has stepped down as the club's captain with immediate effect and apologised for his recent actions.

The forward is currently suspended by the club after he was pictured apparently partying immediately after their relegation from the Barclays Premier League earlier this month.

An investigation into his behaviour is due to be concluded by the club, with Agbonlahor banned by the club since last week.

The forward released a statement on Instagram:

I do not deserve to carry out such a role anymore.

This role was a huge honour to me and it hurts to have lost it.

My celebrations and passion, especially in games against local rivals, shows my loyalty to Aston Villa.

I am asking Aston Villa fans for forgiveness as I'm hurting as well despite reports and photos in the press making out otherwise.

I agree my performances this season have not been good enough but I will be working hard to make things right! Up The Villa, Villa Till I Die!


West Midlands Police on Hillsborough: 'Our thoughts remain with the family and friends'

St George's Hall, Liverpool Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

Responding to High Court claims that have been issued against South Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police by lawyers representing some of the Hillsborough survivors and the families, the force has issued the following statement:

Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of loved ones who died and were injured in the Hillsborough tragedy.

We recognise the impact the inquests have brought upon them. We aware of the ongoing proceedings.

– DCC Louisa Rolfe, West Midlands Police
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