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Fifth arrest over Mekel Sterling murder

A teenager has become the fifth person to be arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the killing of Mekel Sterling in Birmingham.

The 19-year-old suspect, from Winson Green, surrendered himself to custody at a police station yesterday, 26 October.

It came a day after four men were held in dawn raids around Birmingham and the Black Country.

Mekel Sterling
Mekel Sterling

Mr Sterling, aged 36 and known locally as Skelly, died after a drive-by shooting outside shops in Great Hampton Row, Hockley on Wednesday 13 September just after 9.30pm. 

Forensic examinations of a Volkswagen Golf recovered a short time after the murder continue.

On Wednesday, 25 October, four people were arrested as firearms warrants were executed at properties in Dudley, Walsall, Bilston and west Birmingham.

Following the arrests, an imitation firearm, four live shotgun cartridges and cannabis with a street value of £1000 were found.

Yesterday, 26 October, magistrates gave officers until the early hours of tomorrow Saturday, 28 October, to question the four initial suspects, who are aged 23 and 24.

Police continue to appeal for information on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 as specialist officers keep Mekel’s family updated on the latest developments.