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Community thanked as man no longer sought over tram stop murder following arrest - Birmingham

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Following the arrest of a man over the murder of Anthony Banting, who died at a tram stop in Birmingham last week, a man police wanted to trace in connection with their enquiry is no longer being sought.

Mr Banting was stabbed multiple times shortly after getting off a tram at Soho Benson Road tram stop at 4.40pm last Friday (31 March).

Within days, officers issued an image of a suspect and appealed for the public's help to identify him.

Yesterday (7 April), a man in his 20s was arrested in the Winson Green area on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody and officers have been given extra time to question him.

As a result of enquiries around that arrest, the man in the image has now been identified.

Det Ch Insp Paul Langley said: "I would like to thank the thousands of people who shared our appeal to trace a suspect, who is no longer being sought.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support on social media and your touching tributes to Mr Banting have been passed onto our family liaison officers, who are supporting his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.

"I would also like to thank the community of Winson Green for your cooperation during our investigation. From our enquiries in the area, we understand many are still coming to terms with what happened, especially those who found Mr Banting at the scene and did their best to help him.

"Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get justice for him and his family, and you may continue to see a higher police presence as our investigation progresses."

Officers have been granted a Superintendent's extension, giving them until midnight on 8 April to question the arrested man. A further update will be issued on Sunday morning (9 April).

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