Man charged with murder of his grandmother


A 25-year-old man has been charged with murdering his grandmother after she was found stabbed to death at her home.

Anne James, 74, was discovered by a neighbour at the address in the Highgate area of Walsall at around 6pm on Wednesday.

West Midlands Police have now charged her grandson Greg Irvin, from Walsall Wood, with the killing following his arrest on Thursday - the day after Mrs James' body was discovered.

Unemployed Irvin is due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Monday.

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison from West Midlands Police's Homicide Team, said: "This is a murder that has really shocked the local community and we have been working flat-out on the investigation to find the person responsible.

"Clearly bringing this murder charge is a significant step towards securing justice for Mrs James' many friends and family."

Mrs James was pronounced dead at the property in Doveridge Place when emergency services arrived.

A statement from Mrs James's family said: "We are all devastated at the loss of a loving wife, mum, grandma and great grandma.

"She was an amazing, generous, kind and much-loved part of our family; she will be very sadly missed."