West Bromwich death: Man accused of Jasbir Singh Bains' murder

Jasbir Singh Bains Jasbir Singh Bains was found in a lake in November

A 43-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in a West Midlands park lake.

The body of Jasbir Singh Bains, 41, of West Bromwich, was discovered at Dartmouth Park in the town on the morning of 28 November.

A post-mortem examination confirmed his throat had been cut.

Jagdev Rai, of Salisbury Road, West Bromwich, appeared before magistrates in Sandwell and remains in custody.

Mr Rai, who is also charged with three counts of fraud, is due to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday.

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    Rebecca Sutton, 19, said she felt it was wrong to single out just one family.

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    Aqua blue 11:53: Jonny Palmer BBC WM Sport

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    Statue unveiled 11:49: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

    The statue has just been unveiled to gasps of approval and a round of applause.

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    Queen arrives in Wolverhampton 11:45: Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    BBC WM's Jonny Palmer is live at the i54 Business Park near Wolverhampton.

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    'Inspirational' project 11:44: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

    The Jones sisters are standing next to the statue they inspired as Brian Gamble from the Library of Birmingham tells the gathered crowd the project has been "inspirational".

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    'Crowds gathering' 11:40: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

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    Morning meeting 11:32: Abigail Uden Producer, BBC Midlands Today

    Just had a meeting with the graphics team about tonight's programme. We're going to lead with the Queen's visit to the i54 site so we're looking to get a map to show everyone where it is and which three local authorities have been working together to help regenerate the area.

    Still on the list to do - find out some facts about strokes - ahead of our story about the specialist unit opening at Heartlands Hospital.

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    Ready for the Queen 11:23: Jonny Palmer BBC WM

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    Family chosen from hundreds 11:20: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

    I'm heading to the Library of Birmingham to see the unveiling of a statue by Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing.

    Roma and Emma Jones and their sons Kyan and Shaye

    The sculpture, called Birmingham Family, depicts sisters Roma and Emma Jones and their sons Kyan and Shaye.

    They were chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to serve as the inspiration for the bronze creation.

     
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    Statue ready to be unveiled 11:12: via Facebook

    Ikon Gallery posts: Not long now until we unveil Gillian Wearing's new sculpture for Birmingham - A Real Birmingham Family.

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    What will it look like? We'll have a photo after it's unveiled on BBC Local Live after 11:30.

     
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    News on the hour 10:58: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    Coming up in the news at 11:00 on BBC WM: A row has broken out at Birmingham City Council about the amount of cash that's been spent on trade union activity.

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    The number of UK-based sperm donors has been increasing since 2004. However, demand has increased even faster.

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    Denmark and the United States have become major suppliers of sperm to British women.

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    What will it look like? 10:34: Satnam Rana Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    I am off to meet the Jones family who are getting ready for the grand unveiling of themselves in Bronze!

    Turner Prize winning Gillian Wearing has sculpted a new piece of art work in conjunction with the Ikon gallery to depict 'The Real Birmingham Family'.

    What will it look like? Even I've not seen it yet but it will be unveiled at 11.30 outside the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square.

     
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    Why a sperm bank in Brum? 10:27:

    The National Sperm Bank opens in Birmingham today.

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    BBC News reporter Clare Lissaman took a look as to why the city was chosen to host the centre and what its founders hope to achieve.

     
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    National sperm bank opens 10:11: James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website

    A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.

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    Fertility clinics have become increasingly dependent on imported sperm giving rise to the so-called "Viking babies" phenomenon.

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    News on the hour 09:57: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

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    'Face of Birmingham' statue 09:52: Satnam Rana Arts reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    A life-sized statue of two Birmingham sisters and their children, will be unveiled today outside the Library in Centenary Square.

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    Roma and Emma Jones are mixed race, single mothers and were chosen to represent a "real Birmingham family" by Turner prize winning artist Gillian Wearing who's cast them in bronze.

     
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    'Job security' 09:45: Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    This £500m JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton will be officially opened by the Queen later.

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    Uk national sperm bank opens 09:32:

    The world's first independent National Sperm Bank opens at Birmingham Women's Hospital later today.

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    It is hoped the new centre will help meet a national shortfall in donations.

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    Preparations for the Queen 09:19: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

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    The final pieces of one of the world's most striking commemorative displays are being put into place in London.

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    Jaguar Land Rover's new Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton will be officially opened by The Queen later.

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