Burnt body in Belbroughton could take weeks to identify

By Tristan Harris 15/03 Updated: 15/03 17:03

POLICE officers investigating an incident in Belbroughton which saw a car go through a hedge and up on fire in a field say it could take several weeks to formally identify the dead driver.

It happened at 11.30am on Wednesday (March 14) on the B4188, Hackmans Gate Lane, between Belbroughton and Blakedown.

The emergency services were called after reports of a car on fire in a field and it is believed the vehicle involved, a grey Rover 75, may have been alight before it left the road. One person was confirmed dead at the scene.

A Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) spokesperson said a call was made at 11.37am on Wednesday and said crews from Bromsgrove and Kidderminster were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the driver, who was confirmed deceased at scene.”

The road was closed until 5pm while the scene was investigated.

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call Bromsgrove Police on 0300 333 3000.

The body is believed to be the car's registered owner, a Birmingham man in his 50s.

A post-mortem on the body will take place tomorrow (Friday) and an inquest will be opened in due course.

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