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Murder victim had called cops

A WOMAN who was murdered in leafy Marston Green this week had contacted police just days before her death.

A WOMAN who was murdered in leafy Marston Green this week had contacted police just days before her death.

On Tuesday afternoon, officers discovered the body of a 36-year-old woman at an address in Holly Lane.

A post mortem has since revealed that the victim had died from multiple stab wounds. Last night, West Midlands Police had yet to identify the woman, but she has been named locally as mother-of-two Helen Findlay.

And now it has emerged that the victim had recently called police and alleged that someone had used super glue on her car doors and front door.

At the time she voiced fears that the vandalism might be linked to previous threats made by her estranged husband.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has now launched an inquiry into the matter.

Commissioner Len Jackson, deputy chairman of the police watchdog, said: “This is a tragic case in which a woman sadly died.

“Our investigation is examining the actions taken by officers and how they responded to the initial call and concerns raised by the woman.”

Officers had gone to the property following the apparent suicide of a 41-year-old man at Marston Green railway station earlier the same day. The man, believed to be Helen’s husband Mark Findlay, was struck by a train at 11.17am.

Solihull Council’s deputy leader, Councillor Bob Sleigh, who lives in Holly Lane himself, described the events as a “terrible tragedy” and said that the community was in a state of complete shock.

Another local resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s a completely unexpected thing to have happened in such a quiet backwater.”

Friends and neighbours have placed flowers outside the house in Holly Lane. Others have posted tributes on social networking website Facebook.

Deb Wilson left a message which read: “I know you will raise a smile wherever you are now and will watch over your children. Rest in peace”

Detectives have said that they are not looking for anyone else in relation to their inquiry.

Anyone with information about Tuesday’s events should contact Solihull police station on 0845 113 5000.



Cathrina Hulse
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