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Storm Doris Deaths: Wolverhampton Debris Victim Named As Tahnie Martin

'A very popular member of the team'.

24/02/2017 14:11 | Updated 24 February 2017

Police have named the woman who died on Thursday after being hit by debris during Storm Doris.

Tahnie Martin, 29, had been in Wolverhampton city centre close to its busy shopping complex when gales from the storm hit.

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Tahnie Martin pictured on her Facebook page
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Martin worked at a local university

Martin, from nearby Stafford and who worked at the University of Wolverhampton, died shortly after being struck by falling masonry from a roof close to a Starbucks.

The area was immediately cordoned off as emergency services rushed to her aide. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The scene in Wolverhampton city center after a woman died when she was hit by a piece of roof the "size of a coffee table" as Storm Doris has claimed its first victim

The Birmingham Mail reported Martin had been walking down the street with colleagues.

University of Wolverhampton 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.”

West Midlands Police has hinted at a possible criminal investigation after the incident.

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

“This is a deeply tragic incident and our thoughts remain with Miss Martin’s family.

“We would ask that their privacy is respected in their time of grief.”

Two other deaths have been attributed to the storm which disrupted transport networks and led to widespread damage across the country.

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