Firefighters called to a car fire found a man's charred body in the burnt out wreckage.

Detectives were yesterday trying to establish the identity of the man, who is believed to be in his 40s and from the Smethwick area, following the grim discovery on a lorry park in Fountain Lane, Oldbury.

Detective Chief Inspector Eddie Barnett, of Sandwell South CID, said the car, a light-blue Nissan Micra, had been gutted and the man's body had been badly burned.

He said: "We are trying to find out whether this man may have driven onto the lorry park and are keeping an open mind as to whether the death is suspicious at this stage."