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Teenage boy arrested in Smethwick over woman's murder

Police in Cheshire Road, Smethwick
Image caption The boy was arrested in the area on Thursday

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found on a road in the West Midlands.

Police said the 48-year-old woman was found dead in Cheshire Road in Smethwick at about 23:50 BST on Wednesday.

Officers were called after reports a woman had collapsed. It is not yet clear how she died, a spokesman said.

The teenager was arrested at an address in the area at about 16:00.

Det Ch Insp Sam Ridding said: "Our inquiries are very much ongoing and we are still in the early stages of an investigation."

The woman has not yet been formally identified and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course, police said.

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