Police are investigating the discovery of a second body in a blazing car within 24 hours in the Black Country.

The latest find was made on Thursday night by firefighters called to reports of a car fire in Shenstone Valley Road, Halesowen.

On Wednesday, a man was found in a burning car on a lorry park in Fountain Lane, behind Sandwell Council House.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said firefighters were called to reports of a car fire in Halesowen just before 8.30 pm on Thursday night.

Resident Lisa Millward, aged 36, said: "I heard a bang and ran to the front door. I looked out and saw a white Vauxhall Corsa which was a ball of flame.

"I didn't see anyone inside the car but it's tragic what has happened," she added.

The police spokesman added: "Firefighters found a body in the car and details of the deceased are not yet known.

"Our investigations are continuing and the area has been sealed off for examination."

In the first incident dental records or DNA may have to be used to identify the man, who is believed to be in his 40s and from the Smethwick area.

His badly-burned body was discovered in a blazing Nissan Micra.

Det Chief Insp Eddie Barnett, of Sandwell South CID, said a post-mortem examination had established the man, who has still not been formally identified, had died of burns.

"The man was badly burned and we may have to use dental records or DNA to identify him," he said.

"He died as a result of the car fire but the exact cause of the fire, and the reason for the car being where it was, is still being investigated."