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Bordesley Green residents tell of shock at murder investigation

2015-05-24 15:19:27

Bordesley Green body in shed

Detectives are continuing a murder investigation after a man's body was found in shed in Bordesley Green.

Eleven people were arrested by West Midlands Police at an address in Carlton Road where the 34-year-old victim's body was discovered.

Neighbours in the inner city suburb, close to where the body was found, spoke of their shock on Saturday to our reporter Andy Richardson.

We've pulled together the reaction from the community below:

Bordesley Green body in shed

Zullqar Ali, who lives close to the scene, said: “It is a huge shock. I don’t know the family who live at the home but I am told they are a respectable family.

“I think the whole community is in shock at the moment.”

A teenager, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I live a few doors away from the family who lives at the home.

“They are a nice Asian family and I hang around with the two boys who have been arrested.

“I know them very well. I just can’t believe what has happened.”

Another resident said: “I have lived on this road my entire life, we are all shocked.

“All I can tell you is that the family have lived here for years, they seemed to be decent people, they had a large number of children.”

An elderly resident of Carlton Road added: “I was in total shock when I heard what had happened.

“I keep myself to myself and don’t know the family who are involved but it’s still a shock to think something like this could happen only doors away from your home.

“My thoughts go out to the family of the man who was found dead.”

A woman living in Carlton Road added: “It’s horrible having something like this happen right on your doorstep.”

Adam Ali, aged 21, from Yardley, said: “I have friends who live in the road and they are all in shock.

“They know the family and can’t believe it. It really is horrific.”

Those arrested in connection with the body discovery included: five men aged 45, 33, 28, 24 and 23 and four women aged 50, 41, 25 and 19; as well as the two boys, both aged 15.

Officers appealed for information about the movements of the dead man’s car, a white Toyota Yaris registration FM64 PHU, which was found a mile away in Adderley Road on Friday.

Police cordoned off both ends of Carlton Road while forensic officers spent all day yesterday carrying out tests at the scene.

A blue tent was erected outside the front door of the home and a large blue sheet covered the windows and doors.

Det Insp Warren Hines said: “We are treating his death as suspicious and we took swift action to arrest 11 people at the scene – who we believe were known to the man – on suspicion of his murder. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time as we enter the very early stages of a murder inquiry.

“A post-mortem examination will be held in due course to establish how he died.

“Officers remain at the property in Carlton Road while forensic examinations are carried out and we will also be conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area.

“We are keen to hear from anyone with information about the man’s death and I would encourage people who may have seen his car recently to contact us.”

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