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Family visit scene of tram stop murder as police make arrest - Birmingham



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Today marks one week since a family man was brutally murdered on the path leading from the tram stop in Birmingham.

At around 4.40pm last Friday (31 March), 57-year-old Anthony Banting had left a tram heading towards a local pub to meet one of his sons. 

Shortly after getting off the tram, he was stabbed multiple times.

Since Friday, an investigation has been underway to piece together the events which led to Mr Banting's death. Detectives continue to trawl through all available CCTV evidence to trace the person responsible.

In an effort to identify further witnesses, officers will today be conducting anniversary patrols in the Benson Road area and along the tram network. Police officers and detectives will be on hand and looking to speak with community members and commuters who may have vital information.

The anniversary patrols come as officers made an arrest at around lunchtime in connection with Mr Banting's murder. Earlier today, officers arrested a man in his 20s in the Winson Green area.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Paul Langley, said: “In the last few hours we have made an arrest in connection to this incident. As you can imagine this is a fast moving investigation and the man is in police custody. However, until these enquiries are completed, I’d urge anyone with information on the man in the CCTV images to come forward to talk to us. You could hold the vital clue in this investigation.

“Today, BTP officers will be at Soho Benson Road tram stop speaking with the community in an effort to learn more about what happened. We are here to listen to your concerns as well as seek answers, if you are passing through the Benson Road or travelling on the network, please come and speak with us.”

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