Murder probe launched after Walsall man dies from head injury

A man found dead inside his Walsall flat on Friday died from a "blunt force" head injury, a post mortem examination has revealed.

West Midlands Police were alerted by residents in St Thomas Close, Coalpool, just before 6.30pm amid concerns for a neighbour who hadn’t been seen for several days.

Officers forced entry to a flat where the 65-year-old was found inside; it quickly became apparent there was nothing that could be done for him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination carried out this yesterday morning has concluded that he died as a result of a blunt force trauma injury to his head. Detective Chief Inspector Ed Foster said:

"The result of the post mortem has confirmed that the man’s death is suspicious and this is now officially a murder enquiry. We suspect the man may have been dead inside in the flat for several days before being discovered.

"Officers have spoken to several neighbours and are building up a picture of the man’s final movements. We’d like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in St Thomas Close in recent days or any unfamiliar faces coming and going."

The flat is being examined by forensics experts, house to house enquiries completed and CCTV seized for examination.

Anyone with information on the man’s death is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 quoting the log number 2337 from 6 July or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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