16th Jan, 2019

Police release images in bid to trace firework killer

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Anthony Nicholls have released images of three women who may hold the key to finding the culprits.

Mr Nicholls died after a firework was lit and forced through the letterbox in his Tile Cross home causing a fatal blaze on November 2.

West Midlands Police say officers have spent hours trawling CCTV of the surrounding area prior to the incident and are asking the women to make contact to see if they have any vital piece of information, no matter how small, which could assist the inquiry.

Mr Nicholls died in hospital just days after an industrial sized firework ripped through the property on Birchtrees Drive.

His partner was left with life changing injuries to her legs after jumping from a first floor window to escape the flames.

Detective inspector Paul Joyce, from the force’s homicide team, said: “We believe that someone knows who committed this dreadful act which has devastated Mr Nicholls’ family.

“We have not let up in our investigation to trace the culprits and I would urge these women to come forward, or anyone who knows them should contact my team.”

The independent Crimestoppers charity has put up a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.

The police want to remind people that information passed to Crimestoppers is always 100 per cent anonymous.

Call 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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