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Death in Tipton not linked to Black Country break-ins

Detectives investigating after a man’s body was found at a house in Tipton are not linking his death to a series of break-ins across the Black Country.

Officers were called to Beehive Walk at around 11.50pm on Wednesday (16 October) where the body of 62-year-old Philip Ashley was found.

A post-mortem examination has proved inconclusive and further tests are due to be carried out to determine the cause of Mr Ashley’s death.

Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner said: “We can now confirm that Mr Ashley’s death is not being linked to the series of break-ins across the Black Country, although we continue to investigate the burglary carried out at the Mr Ashley’s home.

“Specialist officers are supporting his family and my thoughts are with them and his friends at this sad time."

Enquiries continue and anyone with information are urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online; alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.

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