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Cradley Heath murder investigation: Man sectioned under Mental Health Act

A man arrested on suspicion of murder has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The 43-year-old was arrested from a vehicle in a car park in Oldbury at 6.20am yesterday morning (Monday 13 November).

He was arrested on suspicion of three separate assaults involving weapons, including a knife and metal bar, which happened from around 4pm on Sunday (12 November) in Dingle Avenue, West Avenue and Poplar Close.

None of the victims received life threatening injuries and are understood to have known their attacker.

Following the man’s arrest, the body of another man was found with fatal stab wounds at a property in Corngreaves Walk, Cradley Heath just before midday yesterday (13 November). It is believed that he had been killed some time the previous evening.

West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster, said: “I’m appealing for anyone who was in the Corngreaves Walk area at around 6pm on Sunday and saw or heard a disturbance to contact us. They could hold important information.

“We have established a timeline of offences and suspect three people were subjected to nasty assaults involving weapons, including a knife and metal bar, in the space of just over two hours. 

“These are understood to be domestic incidents where the suspected attacker is known to the victims; none of the injuries are life-threatening.

“It’s then believed the same attacker stabbed a man in his home in Corngreaves Walk just after 6pm but that his body lay undetected in the house until just before midday the following day.

“Police family liaison officers are supporting the deceased’s family at this tragic time." 

Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on the 101 number.