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Detectives are appealing for witnesses as murder investigation continues

As part of our investigation into the death of Darren Round we are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help establish the events leading to his death. 

A murder investigation was launched after the body of the 48-year-old was pulled from the canal near Masshouse Lane, Kings Norton, at 8.40am on Saturday 15 February. 

A post mortem examination revealed Darren had suffered significant facial injuries, consistent with an assault before he entered the water. 

Darren Round collage
Darren Round, aged 48 

Darren left his home in Kings Norton at 7.30pm on Friday 14 February, wearing a blue coat and a rucksack and we have today (24 February) released CCTV of his last known movements.

Darren can be seen walking along the canal near to Wharf Road Bridge, in the direction of Shannon Tunnel at approximately 12.40am on the morning his body was found. 

Following enquiries from our homicide detectives, a 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on police bail while our investigations continue. 

Leading the investigation is Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths. He said: “Our investigation is progressing, however we need to understand Darren’s movements from 7.30pm when he left home to when his body was tragically found in the canal.

“We believe Darren regularly walked on the canal network and knew the area well. 

“We specifically want to speak to anyone walking, cycling or living along the stretch of canal, between Shannon Tunnel and Wharf Road Bridge who may know something. 

“If you saw Darren walking, or saw or heard anything suspicious, we are urging to you contact us. 

“This information, no matter how small it may seem, may help us pin together the events leading to Darren’s death."

Anyone with information is asked to message us on Live Chat via our website WMP Online or call us on 101.

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