Man seen in phone kiosk where killer’s call was made
DETECTIVES have released an e-fit image of a man they want to trace in connection with the murder of taxi driver Mohammed Arshad.
The facial image was compiled after a witness came forward to say he had seen the man making a telephone call from a kiosk outside the Spar in Lindsworth Approach, Kings Norton, on the evening of the fatal attack on July 22.
Mr Arshad was found with stab wounds to the head in Wast Hills Lane at about 8.40pm on July 22 and later died from his injuries.
His taxi was found abandoned about a mile away in Shannon Road a short time later.
Detectives are eager to trace a man calling himself Peter who rang taxi firm A Cars from the kiosk and asked to be picked up from outside Broadmeadow School in Monyhull Hall Road.
Mr Arshad’s blue people carrier taxi collected him at 8.29pm from outside the school gates and that was his last known fare.
Police said the man in the e-fit image was seen in the call box shortly after 8pm.
The witness told police the man in the kiosk had stared at him intently as he walked towards the shop, which was why he had noticed him.
The man is described as slim, around 5ft 8 ins to 5ft 10ins tall, with dark brown or black hair which was closely cropped and brushed forward. He was wearing a dark, long sleeved top and jeans.
Detective Superintendent Sheila Thornes, who is leading the investigation, said: “It is vital we trace this man and we are hoping that someone will recognise him from the image and contact us now.”
Police have already released a CCTV image of the man who is believed to have been his last fare that evening and a £10,000 reward is still being offered by West Mercia Police for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Mr Arshad’s killer.
Anyone with information should call police at the Major Incident Room at Redditch Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.