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Father charged with murdering children to face court

The siblings both died in the blaze Credit: BPM

A father charged with murdering his son and daughter and the attempted murder of their mother is due to appear in court.

46-year-old Endris Mohammed, was on Tuesday charged with killing 8-year-old Saros Endris, and six-year-old Leanor Endris - following a fire at their home last year.

He was also charged with attempting to kill the children's mother Penil Teklehaimanot.

This week was the first time detectives had been able to interview Mohammed about the deaths since his release from hospital, where he was being treated for burns suffered in a car fire.

Mohammed was discovered in the burning vehicle in Staffordshire, just hours after a fire at the children's house in Holland Road in Birmingham in October 2016.

Both youngsters were found in their home in the early hours of October 28, following the blaze, and were later pronounced dead in hospital.

Further forensic tests are on-going to establish the children's cause of death.

Mohammed will appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court later.

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Drivers urged to take care on the roads after snow warning

Berryhill in Stoke on Trent Credit: Eddy Atkinson

Parts of the region have had a snowy start to the day. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice and are warning drivers to take extra care while on the road and allow extra time for their journeys.

There are also flood warnings in place for parts of Lincolnshire and residents are being told to prepare for large waves and possible flooding.

The Ministry of Defence said about 100 soldiers from the Catterick army base have been deployed to Skegness, where about 3,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or move upstairs.

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