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M54 remains: Murder arrests over Surjit Takhar death

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Image caption Surjit Takhar's remains were discovered on an embankment by the M54 seven years after he went missing from his home in Oldbury

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder, more than two years after a man's remains were found by the side of a motorway.

Surjit Takhar, 37, from Oldbury went missing in 2008. His remains were found seven years later by the M54 near Telford, Shropshire.

Two men aged, 50 and 47, and a 48-year-old woman, all from Handsworth, have been arrested and remain in custody.

West Midlands Police says it is a "significant development".

Officers are carrying out searches at properties in Handsworth and Telford, as part of the continuing investigation.

Det Insp Jim Munro, from the force's homicide team, said: "This is a significant development in this murder inquiry.

"We are determined to get the bottom of how Surjit met his fate."

Mr Takhar was reported missing from his home by his family.

Maintenance workers found his remains at the bottom of an embankment next to a slip road from junction four, near Shifnal, on 20 August 2015.

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