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Four Arrested in Connection with Murder

Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 32-year-old man in Sparkbrook on Wednesday evening.


The men – aged between 24 and 27 – initially arrested on suspicion of violent disorder were further arrested late Thursday for murder.

The 32-year-old man – who has not yet been formally identified by his family – died as a result of a fatal knife wound.


Medical staff initially believed the man had suffered a gunshot wound however following a post mortem examination the cause of death was a stab wound to the neck. There was no evidence of a gunshot injury.

A major investigation continues following a fight between two groups of men on Wednesday evening. A line of enquiry being investigated is that this is in relation to an ongoing dispute between the two groups.


Grantham Road and Farm Road remain cordoned off whilst thorough forensic examinations of the scene continue.

Two other men were taken to hospital, one with a gunshot wound (aged 22) and one with a slash wound (aged 25). The man with the slash wound remains in a critical condition, the 22-year-old’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.


A fifth man, aged 22, arrested for possession of a class A drug was bailed on Thursday night pending further enquiries.


An increased police presence in the area will continue over the weekend although there is nothing to suggest there will be any further issues.


Superintendent Bas Javid, “The investigation continues today and we are working hard to establish the full circumstances of what has happened.


“We appreciate how unsettling this is for the community especially when guns and knives are used. We would encourage people not to speculate and again I would reiterate that there is nothing to suggest this will spark any further disorder.


“We remain in close liaison with local communities and we are listening to any concerns they may have as well as keeping them as up to date with the investigation as possible.”


Anyone who has any information and hasn’t yet come forward to speak to us are urged to call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers where information can be given anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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