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Man appears in court accused of rape and murder after woman's body found in house fire

Lisa Skidmore was found strangled at her Bilston home. Credit: West Midlands Police

A 55-year-old man has appeared in court accused of the rape and murder of a woman whose body was found after a house fire.

Leroy Campbell, of Forest Road in Moseley, Birmingham, was remanded in custody at the city's magistrates' court charged with killing Lisa Skidmore.

The 37-year-old was found strangled at her home in Mill Croft, Bilston last Thursday.

Leroy Campbell is also charged with arson intending to endanger life, and the attempted murder of Ms Skidmore's 80-year-old mother. The alleged killer did not to enter any pleas during a four-minute court hearing, and was ordered to reappear at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

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London Midland train service suspended

London Midland train services suspended Credit: PA

London Midland have suspended local train services between Wolverhampton & Birmingham New Street.

It is down to overhead line damage between at Smethwick.

The metro tram system and local buses on the affected line are accepting customers with a valid train ticket.

The disruption is expected to last until the end of day.

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There are currently delays of up to 40 minutes. Credit: PA Images

There are currently delays of up to 40 minutes and some cancellations on train services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street.

This is due to earlier trespassers on the line and is affecting London Midland.

Tickets are being accepted on Midland Metro, Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Merseyrail, Arriva Wales Trains and London Midland services.

'She was a kind, caring and compassionate nurse'

Lisa Skidmore was found strangled at her Bilston home. Credit: West Midlands Police

Lisa Skidmore, 37, was found at a burning house in Bilston on Thursday, along with her injured 80-year-old mother.

A murder inquiry is now under way after a post mortem examination revealed that Miss Skidmore had been asphyxiated.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, where Lisa had worked for nearly 20 years have released the following statement:

Lisa worked at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust for nearly 20 years and was a valued member of the nursing team.

She was an excellent Senior Staff Nurse. She received a Bachelors of Science with honours degree in professional nursing studies in 2007 and began working in the community based in Bilston in 2013.

She was a kind, caring and compassionate nurse and an absolute credit to her profession.

Our thoughts are with her friends and family in this tragic time."

– The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
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