Appeal for witnesses in James Brindley murder enquiry

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for the occupants of four vehicles to come forward.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro, from force CID, said: “We know that four vehicles were travelling along Little Aston Road towards Aldridge town centre at the time we believe James was stabbed and we are very keen to speak to the occupants of those cars, two light in colour and the other two darker, as they may have seen what happened and could lead us to the killer.

“James had been out with friends that evening and was talking to his girlfriend as he made his way home alone.

“The attack lasted just seconds and four 16-year-old lads just leaving their school prom were the first to assist James by calling emergency services and providing immediate first aid. They were also able to get in touch with James’ parents.”

A post mortem examination conducted yesterday revealed that James died from a stab wound to his heart. He died at the scene in his parents’ arms after they had rushed to his side.

Officers are still combing the area for evidence and have yet to locate a murder weapon. Searches are expected to continue into tomorrow (Monday).

DI Munro added: “James’ family and friends are devastated by his loss and we need to bring his killer to justice. Someone will have knowledge of this attack and I would ask them to search their conscience and do the right thing. If you can’t speak to police then please call Crimestoppers anonymously.”

James’ family have said: “Outwardly James appeared to be a jack the lad, without a care in the world, but that belied his true nature which was deeply sensitive and fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He was a very straight forward and trusting person.”

Information can be given by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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