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Body found in Gravelly Lane scrapyard car fire

Erdington scrapyard
Image caption Police are treating the death as unexplained

A body has been found in a burnt out car in a Birmingham salvage yard.

Gravelly Lane, between Station Road and the railway bridge, in Erdington has been sealed off by police following the discovery late on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters were called after reports that several cars were on fire. One nearby resident said they thought they heard yelling at about 22:00 BST.

The body has not been identified or gender established. A post-mortem examination will take place later.

The fire is believed to have spread from one vehicle to two others. The cause is not yet known.

'Not normal'

Resident, Kate Hook, told BBC News that her boyfriend heard what he thought was yelling at about 22:00 BST before she heard emergency crews arriving some time later.

"Suddenly (there were) loads of fire trucks and loads of noise," she said.

"A few hours before, my boyfriend said he heard what was like yelling around 10 o'clock.

"It's quite a surprise what's going on, it's just not normal."

Det Sgt Andy Bradley said: "The death is being treated as unexplained as we try to determine how the person died, and the fire began.

"We are urging anyone with information about last night's events to come forward and speak to us at their earliest opportunity."

Firefighters were alerted at 23:30 BST, West Midlands Fire Service said.

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