British Transport Police Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley, who is investigating the murder of a man at Soho Benson Road tram stop in Winson Green, is making an urgent appeal for the public’s help.
Emergency services were called to the scene, at around 4:30PM on Friday (31/03), to reports of a serious incident.
Anthony Banting (pictured), aged 57, from Sparkhill, was found by a member of the public, collapsed on the steps leading from the tram stop.
Mr Banting had suffered multiple stab wounds and despite the best efforts of officers and paramedics, he sadly died at the scene. His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
Since Friday, officers have been trawling CCTV in the area and have uncovered images of a man they believe has vital information about the murder. Detectives are releasing his image and are urging the public to help them identify him. Do you know who he is?
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley, said: “We continue to examine the circumstances which led to Mr Banting’s death. At this stage, we do not believe he knew his attacker and there is no clear motive behind the attack.
“At the time of his death, Mr Banting was on his way to meet his son in a nearby pub. Understandably this has come as a huge shock to Mr Banting’s family, who are being supported by family liaison officers at this very difficult time. A man – a father – was stolen from them on Friday evening and we will not stop until we have found the person responsible.
“Our focus is fixed on finding whoever stabbed Mr Banting and we have released images of a suspect, who was seen walking down Factory Road towards the steps where Mr Banting was found shortly before he died. He was then seen leaving the scene and CCTV traces him to the Lodge Road area of Winson Green at around 5.10pm.
“This was a time of day when a number of people would have been around in the area, returning from work. We know two Asian women were seen on CCTV in the area and so may have witnessed the suspect leaving the area.
“Were you at the tram stop, or near it? Did you see this man in the location on Friday afternoon? If you recognise the man in these CCTV images, please get in touch as soon as possible. Your information could prove vital.”
Get in touch by sending a text to BTP on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 503 of 01/04/2017.
DCI Langley, added: “I know these incidents undoubtedly create concern amongst local residents but I’d like to reiterate that everything is being done to find whoever did this.
“We’ll have additional patrols, alongside our colleagues from West Midlands, throughout the coming days and so if you have any concerns at all, please don’t hesitate to approach them.
“If you see the man in the images, please do not approach him but call police straightaway on 999.”