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Tributes paid to woman killed by Storm Doris debris in Wolverhampton

Tributes have been paid to a woman killed in Wolverhampton after being struck by flying debris caused by Storm Doris.

Tahnie Martin, 29, who worked at the University of Wolverhampton, died at the scene from head injuries after being struck by a large piece of wooden roofing while walking past a Starbucks cafe in the city centre, West Midlands Police said.

The university's vice-chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss.

"During Tahnie's short time at the university, she made a real impact both in a professional and personal capacity. She became a very popular member of the team and was highly valued."

Detective Inspector Paul Joyce said: "We are still trying to ascertain who the building belongs to and whether there is any criminal liability."

Ms Martin w as fatally injured while walking with university colleagues in Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, at around midday on Thursday.

Dr Aidan Byrne, course leader at the University of Wolverhampton, said: " Everyone in the English department is shocked and saddened by the death yesterday of Tahnie Martin.

"She organised our 50th anniversary dinner on Wednesday night, coping with us with humour and forbearance.

"She was irrepressibly optimistic and kind, full of ideas and always enthusiastic. We were so grateful to her, and we're glad that the last thing we did on Wednesday night was give her a hug and tell her how much we appreciated everything she did .

"She will be missed by everyone who knew her."

Ms Martin was the first victim of Storm Doris, which brought winds of up to 94mph to the UK, and also injured three others in separate incidents.

A girl was also left with life-threatening injuries after a ceiling collapsed in a school sports hall in Milton Keynes.

Thames Valley Police said "it is possible" the collapse was caused by the storm.

Police are to hold a joint investigation with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to figure out the cause of the collapse at Southwood Middle School in Conniburrow, Milton Keynes.

Meanwhile, a man was left in a "serious condition" in a central London hospital, following reports of "debris falling from the roof of a building" by Victoria Station, the Metropolitan Police said.

In Stoke-on-Trent a woman in her 60s was taken to hospital for a "serious head injury" after being hit by a carport roof.

A top wind speed of 94mph was recorded in Capel Curig, North Wales, on Thursday morning as Storm Doris rolled across the UK.

The weather system which brought gales, snow and rain to much of the UK caused travel disruption on the roads and rail network, brought down trees, grounded planes and toppled large vehicles.


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