25th Jun, 2019

£5,000 reward for information on whereabouts of suspect in fatal firework attack

Sarah Mason 12th Jun, 2018

A REWARD of up to £5,000 has been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of a teenager wanted in connection with the murder of Birmingham dad Anthony Nicholls.

Crimestoppers has offered the money to anyone who knows about the whereabouts of 18-year-old Ronan Blake.

It is believed that Blake could be in Sheldon.

He is wanted for questioning in relation to a house fire that happened on Birtchtrees Drive, Tile Cross on November 7 last year.

Anthony, a father of one, suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation after a large firework was lit and pushed through his front door, causing the house to go up in flames within minutes.

The 56-year-old was placed in an induced coma after being rescued, but never regained consciousness.

His partner was left with multiple leg fractures after being forced to jump to safety from an upstairs window of the semi-detached property.

Pauline Hadley, Crimestoppers West Midlands Regional Manager, said: “It is heart-breaking to think about what Anthony and his partner went through once that house caught fire.

“This was such a thoughtless, heartless act carried out, and Anthony’s family deserve some answers as to why he was taken away from them.

“This is why I am asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronan Blake, to contact our charity anonymously. We’ll never ask for any of your details, and he’ll never know you spoke to us. So please, tell us what you know, not who you are.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronan Blake, should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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