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Woman, 25, is ‘repeatedly stabbed and run over’ before being left to die on a neighbour’s driveway

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A young woman discovered killed outside her home had been stabbed and then ‘run over to make sure she was dead’.

The 25-year-old – whose identity is not known – was found seriously injured in Tamworth, Staffs, in the early hours of this morning.

Nothing could be done to save her and a man, initially taken for medical treatment from the scene, has now been arrested on suspicion of murder. 

A neighbour to the property said: ‘It’s awful, a woman’s been killed who had her whole life ahead of her.

‘No one knows who they are. I think they only moved in a month and a half ago. Those houses were only finished in the first lockdown.

‘I know that a lady was meant to move into one today, but couldn’t because that woman’s body was lying on the doorstep next door. I think the whole estate has been rocked by it.

‘After we were all woken up by the blue lights, I saw the man get into an ambulance with cuffs on. I couldn’t see anything wrong with him.

‘A neighbour who knows about it told me the man stabbed her then drove over her several times to make sure she was dead.

‘I saw his car being taken away this morning. Our thoughts are with the family and that they get justice. It’s a tragic loss of such a young life.’

Forensic teams are at the victim's house collecting evidence after the early morning murder

Forensic teams are at the victim's house collecting evidence after the early morning murder

Forensic teams are at the victim’s house collecting evidence after the early morning murder

Police were called to the quiet street just after 1am to reports of an assault in in progress

Police were called to the quiet street just after 1am to reports of an assault in in progress

Police were called to the quiet street just after 1am to reports of an assault in in progress

One office can be seen placing an item of interest into an evidence bag at the murder scene

One office can be seen placing an item of interest into an evidence bag at the murder scene

One office can be seen placing an item of interest into an evidence bag at the murder scene

One man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told The Sun that he was woken up by blue lights and looked out to see a handcuffed man getting into an ambulance. 

He said: ‘I couldn’t see anything wrong with him. Everyone’s saying he was on drugs and was hallucinating.

‘A neighbour who knows about it told me the man stabbed her then drove over her several times to make sure she was dead.’

Another resident also suggested the man was on drugs and hallucinating, The Sun reports. 

The same neighbour claimed people were due to move in to the house but were unable to due to the police cordon.  

Staffordshire Police confirmed: ‘A murder investigation has been launched after a woman died in Tamworth.

‘At 1.25am this morning, police were called to reports that a 25-year-old woman had been seriously injured.

‘Despite the best efforts of emergency services staff, the woman sadly died at the scene.

‘A man, from Tamworth, is currently in hospital receiving treatment. The woman’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers.

A man is currently being treated in hospital after being found injured by 999 crews nearby

A man is currently being treated in hospital after being found injured by 999 crews nearby

A man is currently being treated in hospital after being found injured by 999 crews nearby

The police are expecting to be at the house for the rest of the day piecing together the attack

The police are expecting to be at the house for the rest of the day piecing together the attack

The police are expecting to be at the house for the rest of the day piecing together the attack

‘Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police.’ 

Forensic officers were today inside the woman’s home collecting clues to piece together what had happened to her. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had been contacted by the police just after 1.37am to reports of an assault.

A spokesman said: ‘We sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT emergency doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

‘On arrival, crews found a woman with life threatening injuries and worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the patient.

‘Sadly, despite best efforts nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

‘A second patient, a man, was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital for further assessment.’

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Erica Nlewedim chooses Kiddwaya over Wizkid, Laycon during Q&A game (Video)

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The popular reality star, Erica Nlewedim continues to root for her dearest love interest, Kiddwaya as she picks him as her favorite once again.

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Erica Nlewedim

In a recent interview with The BEAT 99.9FM, Erica was asked to choose between three people, one of which she is to kill, kiss, or marry.

“Kill, kill, marry – Laycon, Kiddwaya, Wizkid,” the interviewer asked.

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Erica, kiss,kill,marry, laycon,wizkid,kiddwaya

In response, Erica took a moment to laugh before finally choosing Kiddwaya for all the options.

“Kiss, kill, marry Kidd; Everything Kidd,” she responded.

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Driver who killed five people in German car rampage ‘was drunk’

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The driver who killed five people in a German car rampage on Tuesday was under the influence of alcohol and appeared to have psychiatric problems, prosecutors revealed last night. 

The 51-year-old German, named in media reports as Bernd Walter W, was believed to have been living in the Range Rover which he drove into pedestrians in a shopping street in Trier, killing a baby girl and four others. 

In what the city’s mayor described as ‘Trier’s darkest day since World War II’, witnesses described seeing people flung off the ground and the child’s pram flying through the air during the four-minute rampage. 

As well as the nine-month-old baby, the victims included a 45-year-old man and two women aged 25 and 73, while at least 15 others were injured including the mother of the dead girl.  

The suspect, who is due to appear before a judge today, is said to be talking in police interviews – with authorities assessing whether he is mentally stable enough to be held criminally liable. 

The man had spent the last few nights in the vehicle and did not seem to have a fixed address, Trier deputy police chief Franz-Dieter Ankner said. He had borrowed the vehicle, which was registered in someone else’s name, and did not appear to have previous convictions, authorities said. 

After his name emerged on Tuesday, reports described him as an unemployed electrician remembered by neighbours as a ‘strange individual’ who was known to drink at a local kebab shop and had lived with his mother before her death a few years ago.   

The Range Rover involved in Tuesday's rampage in Trier is hoisted away from the scene where it was stopped and its driver arrested after he ploughed into pedestrians in a shopping street, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen others

The Range Rover involved in Tuesday's rampage in Trier is hoisted away from the scene where it was stopped and its driver arrested after he ploughed into pedestrians in a shopping street, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen others

The Range Rover involved in Tuesday’s rampage in Trier is hoisted away from the scene where it was stopped and its driver arrested after he ploughed into pedestrians in a shopping street, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen others 

Evidence lies on a cordoned-off street following the rampage in Trier yesterday by a driver who police said was under the influence of alcohol and may have have psychiatric problems

Evidence lies on a cordoned-off street following the rampage in Trier yesterday by a driver who police said was under the influence of alcohol and may have have psychiatric problems

Evidence lies on a cordoned-off street following the rampage in Trier yesterday by a driver who police said was under the influence of alcohol and may have have psychiatric problems 

Emergency workers inspect the damage in Trier after the SUV driver turned into a pedestrian street and ran people down

Emergency workers inspect the damage in Trier after the SUV driver turned into a pedestrian street and ran people down

Emergency workers inspect the damage in Trier after the SUV driver turned into a pedestrian street and ran people down

A fireman stands over a single shoe in the pedestrian zone in Trier which was targeted by a Range Rover driver on Tuesday

A fireman stands over a single shoe in the pedestrian zone in Trier which was targeted by a Range Rover driver on Tuesday

A fireman stands over a single shoe in the pedestrian zone in Trier which was targeted by a Range Rover driver on Tuesday 

A woman leaves a candle in tribute for the victims last night following what was described as Trier's darkest day since the war

A woman leaves a candle in tribute for the victims last night following what was described as Trier's darkest day since the war

A woman leaves a candle in tribute for the victims last night following what was described as Trier’s darkest day since the war

A wrecked child's pram is seen on the pedestrian street in Trier on Tuesday, after witnesses described seeing a buggy flung into the air and authorities confirmed that a young girl had died in the attack

A wrecked child's pram is seen on the pedestrian street in Trier on Tuesday, after witnesses described seeing a buggy flung into the air and authorities confirmed that a young girl had died in the attack

A wrecked child’s pram is seen on the pedestrian street in Trier on Tuesday, after witnesses described seeing a buggy flung into the air and authorities confirmed that a young girl had died in the attack 

Pictures published by German media appeared to show a person being pinned to the ground next to a damaged car after the incident in Trier

Pictures published by German media appeared to show a person being pinned to the ground next to a damaged car after the incident in Trier

Pictures published by German media appeared to show a person being pinned to the ground next to a damaged car after the incident in Trier

Pictures published by German media appeared to show a person being pinned to the ground next to a damaged car after the incident in Trier

The driver is pinned to the ground next to the Range Rover believed to have run over pedestrians in Trier, killing at least four people in what police say was a deliberate attack  

Police said the driver had ploughed through the streets for more than half a mile, leaving behind a trail of destruction in a pedestrian area which would usually be hosting a popular Christmas market. 

He was pinned down and arrested near the city’s old Roman gate four minutes after the rampage began and was in custody last night as police try to establish his motive. 

Prosecutor Peter Fritzen said the man had drunk a significant amount of alcohol, adding that prosecutors were considering moving him to psychiatric care.  

An unnamed man who said he was a former neighbour of the suspect told NTV that the driver had a history of mental issues, as well as money worries and problems with his father. 

He had once belonged to a shooting club but had not been seen there for years and was not thought to own a weapon, the head of the club told t-online.   

Mayor Wolfram Leibe said: ‘It looks as if we are talking about a suspect with mental issues, but we should not pass premature judgement.’ 

After the mayor, his voice breaking with emotion, revealed that a young girl was among the dead, cathedral bells were rung and a memorial service held for the victims on Tuesday evening. 

A mangled pram stood in the wreckage last night after officers sealed off the area and gathered evidence, while the Range Rover was hoisted away from the street where police had brought it under control hours earlier.  

While authorities have not described it as a terror act, and security sources said they had no evidence of a ‘political backdrop’ to the attack, the incident has brought back memories of the 2016 Christmas market rampage in Berlin in which 12 people were killed.  

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The car is thought to have driven around half a mile through a pedestrian area near the Porta Nigra, an old Roman gate 

Debris was strewn around near an ambulance while emergency workers responded to the deadly incident in Trier

Debris was strewn around near an ambulance while emergency workers responded to the deadly incident in Trier

Debris was strewn around near an ambulance while emergency workers responded to the deadly incident in Trier

Rescue workers and onlookers stand near the scene in a pedestrian area which in a normal December would be full of people at the city's popular Christmas market

Rescue workers and onlookers stand near the scene in a pedestrian area which in a normal December would be full of people at the city's popular Christmas market

Rescue workers and onlookers stand near the scene in a pedestrian area which in a normal December would be full of people at the city’s popular Christmas market 

Armed police in the cordoned-off pedestrian street as authorities investigated following the deadly rampage in Trier

Armed police in the cordoned-off pedestrian street as authorities investigated following the deadly rampage in Trier

Armed police in the cordoned-off pedestrian street as authorities investigated following the deadly rampage in Trier

Germany has seen both Islamist and far-right attacks in recent years, and just yesterday more than 180 officers were involved in a raid against a banned neo-Nazi group known for its racist and anti-Semitic ideology. 

However, officials said at a Tuesday night press conference that they had ‘no indication that there was any kind of a terrorist, political or religious motive that could have played a role.’ 

Police said there was no further danger to Trier residents after the driver’s arrest, suggesting that he had acted alone. He was arrested four minutes after the first emergency call, authorities said. 

Police spokesman Karl-Peter Jochem said the driver had ‘indiscriminately’ run people down after turning into the pedestrian area. 

The numbers of dead and injured were still becoming clear on Tuesday evening, but the death toll had already risen from two to five. 

In addition to the injured people, there were many other ‘traumatised’ pedestrians who were in shock after witnessing what had happened, the mayor said.  

‘We often see pictures like this on television and think that can’t happen here. Now it’s happened in Trier,’ the mayor told reporters near the Porta Nigra.    

Police in forensic gear work in the city centre after darkness fell following the deliberate attack in Trier on Tuesday

Police in forensic gear work in the city centre after darkness fell following the deliberate attack in Trier on Tuesday

Police in forensic gear work in the city centre after darkness fell following the deliberate attack in Trier on Tuesday 

Police look on as rescuers push an injured person into an ambulance at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians

Police look on as rescuers push an injured person into an ambulance at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians

Police look on as rescuers push an injured person into an ambulance at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians

The silver Range Rover believed to have been used in Tuesday's deliberate attack on pedestrians in Trier

The silver Range Rover believed to have been used in Tuesday's deliberate attack on pedestrians in Trier

The silver Range Rover believed to have been used in Tuesday’s deliberate attack on pedestrians in Trier 

The Range Rover is lifted onto a truck to be taken away by police officers after darkness fell in Trier on Tuesday evening

The Range Rover is lifted onto a truck to be taken away by police officers after darkness fell in Trier on Tuesday evening

The Range Rover is lifted onto a truck to be taken away by police officers after darkness fell in Trier on Tuesday evening 

Emergency services at the scene of the crash in a pedestrian area which has been sealed off

Emergency services at the scene of the crash in a pedestrian area which has been sealed off

Emergency services at the scene of the crash in a pedestrian area which has been sealed off 

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman called the attack ‘shocking’ and said the government’s thoughts were with the injured people and relatives of victims. 

Regional premier Malu Dreyer, who arrived at the scene on Tuesday evening, said she was deeply shaken by the events in the historic city which she described as her home town.   

After the driver’s arrest, officers warned people to avoid the scene, and said they were on the scene alongside ambulance crews while helicopters were also hovering over the city.  

Shoppers were seen huddling outside stores festooned with Christmas decorations, while sirens could be heard in the distance. Emergency services from nearby Luxembourg were also said to be on the scene. 

While Trier is usually home to one of Germany’s most popular Christmas markets, the event was cancelled this year because of the pandemic. 

Although bars and restaurants have closed under a so-called ‘lockdown light’ to bring down infections, shops and schools have remained open, unlike during the spring.  

The incident brought back memories of the 2016 truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead. The driver on that occasion, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker, was a supporter of the Islamic State jihadist group.

In August 2019, six people were injured in a series of motorway accidents in Berlin in what prosecutors described as a suspected Islamist attack. 

A square is blocked by police and fire engines following the incident in Trier on Tuesday

A square is blocked by police and fire engines following the incident in Trier on Tuesday

A square is blocked by police and fire engines following the incident in Trier on Tuesday 

A crowd of emergency workers in the pedestrian street which in a normal December would be full of Christmas shoppers

A crowd of emergency workers in the pedestrian street which in a normal December would be full of Christmas shoppers

A crowd of emergency workers in the pedestrian street which in a normal December would be full of Christmas shoppers 

An armed police officer speaks to a firefighter near the scene of Tuesday's attack which lasted around four minutes

An armed police officer speaks to a firefighter near the scene of Tuesday's attack which lasted around four minutes

An armed police officer speaks to a firefighter near the scene of Tuesday’s attack which lasted around four minutes 

People look at debris outside a shopfront in the pedestrian area in Trier where at least two people were killed on Tuesday

People look at debris outside a shopfront in the pedestrian area in Trier where at least two people were killed on Tuesday

People look at debris outside a shopfront in the pedestrian area in Trier where at least two people were killed on Tuesday 

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Emergency services at the scene following what police said was a deliberate attack on Tuesday afternoon

A square is blocked by the police in Trier, where authorities are securing evidence and dealing with injured and traumatised people

A square is blocked by the police in Trier, where authorities are securing evidence and dealing with injured and traumatised people

A square is blocked by the police in Trier, where authorities are securing evidence and dealing with injured and traumatised people 

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Tesco WILL repay £585 million it saved from Covid business rates relief scheme

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Tesco has announced it will repay £585 million it saved from the coronavirus business rates holiday after enjoying a sales surge during lockdown.

The decision comes after the supermarket giant was criticised for accepting the business rate relief while paying a £315 million dividend to shareholders.

Chairman John Allan said the board ‘are conscious of our responsibilities to society’ and that the company did not need the saving due to remaining open and trading strongly throughout the pandemic.  

In October, the retailer revealed it made a pre-tax profit of £551 million in the six months to August 29 – an almost 29 per cent increase compared with the same period in 2019. 

And now, Tesco has announced will work with the government to discuss how it can hand back the £585 million it saved from the business rates freeze. 

Tesco is to repay £585 million it saved from the coronavirus business rates holiday after seeing its profits surge

Tesco is to repay £585 million it saved from the coronavirus business rates holiday after seeing its profits surge

Tesco is to repay £585 million it saved from the coronavirus business rates holiday after seeing its profits surge

The decision comes as supermarkets face growing calls to hand back the savings which were aimed at helping retailers that were unable to open and struggling to make ends meet.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced a 12-month freeze on business rates as part of a huge rescue package to stave off economic disaster at the height of the pandemic. 

Under the freeze, businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Despite initially enjoying the relief, Tesco revealed it would be paying a significant dividend to its shareholders. 

Mr Allan said: ‘The board has agreed unanimously that we should repay the rates relief we have received.

‘We are financially strong enough to be able to return this to the public, and we are conscious of our responsibilities to society.

‘We firmly believe now that this is the right thing to do, and we hope this will enable additional support to those businesses and communities who need it.’

Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy said: 'Giving this money back to the public is absolutely the right thing to do by our customers, colleagues and all of our stakeholders'

Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy said: 'Giving this money back to the public is absolutely the right thing to do by our customers, colleagues and all of our stakeholders'

Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy said: ‘Giving this money back to the public is absolutely the right thing to do by our customers, colleagues and all of our stakeholders’

In October, Tesco revealed it made a pre-tax profit of £551 million in the six months to August 29.

Sales during that period were up 0.7% to £28.7 billion, with sales in the UK and Ireland up more than 8%.

Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy said: ‘We have invested more than £725 million in supporting our colleagues, putting safety first, more than doubling our online capacity to support the most vulnerable customers in our communities, and hiring thousands of additional colleagues at a time of need.

What is the coronavirus buisness rate holiday? 

Rishi Sunak unveiled an astonishing £350billion rescue package in March to try to stave off economic disaster at the height of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Among the measures introduced by the Chancellor was a 12-month freeze on business rates. 

Under the freeze, businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year, until March 2021.

You’re eligible if your property is a: 

  • Shop, restaurant, café, bar or pub,
  • Cinema or live music venue
  • Assembly or leisure property – for example, a sports club, a gym or a spa 
  • Hospitality property – for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation
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‘While business rates relief was a critical support at a time of significant uncertainty, some of the potential risks we faced are now behind us.

‘Every decision we’ve taken through the crisis has been guided by our values and a commitment to playing our part.

‘In that same spirit, giving this money back to the public is absolutely the right thing to do by our customers, colleagues and all of our stakeholders.’

Early in the pandemic Tesco and rival supermarkets faced criticism for taking the rates relief at the same time as handing out dividends to shareholders. 

It did not use the Government’s furlough scheme.

Robert Hayton, head of property tax at business rates specialist Altus Group said: ‘It should have been obvious from the outset that not all businesses would need the same level of taxpayer support through the pandemic.

‘It is great that Tesco has taken the lead and repaid this relief.

‘The Government must now redeploy that revenue to where it is most needed.’

Rates relief was first announced by the Chancellor for retail, leisure and hospitality firms until March 2021.

The data from Altus Group showed that Sainsbury’s is expected to save £498 million from its rates holiday for the year – although Sainsbury’s said it was closer to £450 million.

Last month, Sainsbury’s said it had received a break worth £230 million for the half-year to September in an update which also saw it reveal plans to axe 3,500 jobs.

However, the company came under fierce criticism as it also declared an interim dividend of 3.2p plus a special dividend of 7.3p for shareholders.

In November, the boss of value retailer B&M Bargains, which has stayed open through the lockdowns, paid his offshore family trust £44 million in dividends as it saved £38 million through the rates holiday.

Julian Richer, chief executive of non-essential retailer Richer Sounds, said previously that he was ‘really annoyed’ that the grocery chains had benefited from the tax break as they also saw ‘queues around the block’.

The figures from Altus show Asda is projected to save £297 million, Morrisons around £279 million, Aldi £109 million and Lidl £108 million, for the year.

In Wales, the six major supermarkets still had to pay around £78 million for rates for some stores as a result of devolved business rates.

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