Wolverhampton stabbing victim dies: Man arrested

A woman who was found with serious stab injuries at a house in Wolverhampton has died in hospital.

The victim, who is yet to be formally identified but is aged in her 30s, was found at a property in Ingelby Gardens, Whitmore Reans, at 15:20 GMT on Saturday.

She was taken to hospital but died as a result of her injuries.

A 54-year-old man was arrested shortly after the attack and is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

West Midlands Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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    Former MG Rover site in Longbridge

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    Council cuts: Union view 08:25: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

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    Council cuts: Union talks 08:09: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

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