Wolverhampton College lecturer Mandy Finn stabbed to death

A college lecturer has been stabbed to death at her Black Country home and another teacher arrested on suspicion of murder.

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A college lecturer has been stabbed to death at her Black Country home and another teacher arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mother-of-two Mandy Finn, aged 40, was attacked at a ground floor flat in Wolverhampton where she was found dead by police after a 999 call.

Stephen Dowds, aged 49, who also worked at the City of Wolverhampton College, was arrested at the scene, on Newhampton Road West, Whitmore Reans.

He remains in custody today following the grim discovery at around 7pm on Sunday. Both are believed to have been living apart from their respective spouses and were said by colleagues to have been close friends.

Miss Finn, a former mechanic and long distance driver, graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2005 with a degree in psychology and won an award for being the highest achieving undergraduate.

She was an expert in the psychology of internet and video communication and how it can affect court cases.

Her most recent role was as a lecturer in psychology and sociology at the college, based at the Paget Road campus off Tettenhall Road.

Mr Dowds is understood to have been a former head of humanities. The college's website still lists him as a performing arts tutor, although he is understood to have moved to a new role.

Balwant Bilkhu, of New-hampton Road General Store, described the victim as "pretty and friendly".

He said: "She used to come into the shop regularly.  She seemed a nice girl, just pretty and friendly, and I feel very sad for her family."

Police remained at the scene today, a converted garage behind apartments facing Newbridge Street.

Det Insp Bob Bradford, said: "We have liaison officers supporting the family at this difficult time. I ask anybody who saw anything suspicious on Saturday or Sunday to come forward."