Horror as man, 71, dies in street fight near church triggering murder investigation

A murder investigation is underway after an elderly man died following a suspected street fight near a church.

Police were called to Bartley Green in Birmingham at 12.37pm on Sunday, January 9, where they found the 71-year-old in cardiac arrest yards from St Gabriel’s Church.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, who took over treatment from the officers who first arrived on the scene, the pensioner was declared dead there a short while later. His family has been informed.

Two men, aged 47 and 31, and a 36-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder, with the latter two also accused of affray.

All three remain in custody while the investigation continues.

West Midlands Police detectives are now trying to piece together events in a bid to understand how the pensioner came to suffer a fatal cardiac arrest.

Detective Inspector Ranjit Sangha said: ‘We’ve a team of detectives working hard to understand what happened yesterday.

‘That includes who was involved, what roles they played and why they were fighting.

‘We know there was a fight and passers-by seem to have tried to calm the situation down.

‘If you were one of those people and haven’t yet spoken to us, please get in touch.’

Police have also appealed for people to come forward with any CCTV, doorbell camera or dashcam footage which may have captured the incident or its build-up.

They can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 20/120831/22.