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Birmingham tram stop murder victim’s family pay tribute to man “loved by many”

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The family of a Birmingham grandad, who was killed in a vicious attack at a tram stop last Friday, have paid tribute to him.
Anthony Banting, 57, was stabbed multiple times after getting off a tram at Soho Benson Road, at around 4.40pm on 31 March.
The dad of four, known as Tony, was murdered as he made his way to meet one of his sons in a nearby pub.
Today, his sons have paid tribute to the grandad of two and are urging anyone with information about his death to come forward:  
“Dad was a simple man with simple pleasures, and loved nothing more than spending time with his boys. He enjoyed crown green bowling, national hunt racing and he regularly travelled to enjoy the sunshine.
“He was loved by many and this incident will never leave us. We would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward immediately. We would also like to ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time.”
Since Mr Banting’s death, officers have been working around the clock to find his killer and any clues about what led to the violent assault. Painstaking searches of the area continue, along with witness and CCTV enquiries. 
Images of the suspect have also been released as detectives work tirelessly to get justice for Mr Banting’s family. 
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley said: “We will not rest until we find the person responsible for Mr Banting’s death and our thoughts remain with his family at this incredibly difficult time. 
“We continue to appeal to anyone who knows the identity of the suspect – or saw him in the Benson Road area last Friday – to come forward. 
“We remain keen to hear from two Asian women, seen getting off a tram just after Mr Banting, as well as anyone else in the vicinity at the time.
“Just one call could make the difference and help us give his family the answers they need.”
Anyone with info is asked to call BTP on 0800 405040 or text us on 61016 reference 503 of 01/04/17.
Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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