Leamore death mystery

Police and fire services at yesterday’s tragic incident in Leamore (Pic: Stuart Williams)

SEE ALSO UPDATE BELOW

For the second time in recent months, the centre of Leamore has been cordoned off due to a fire.  Sadly, on this occasion, the incident appears to have also involved a mysterious death.

Yesterday evening, at around 6pm Walsall police and fire services were called to the site of the former Butlers Arms, on the corner of Harden Road and Bloxwich Road, Leamore, which is at the rear of Somerfields Market and petrol station.

The body of a man, as yet unidentified, was found on fenced-off land which has been waiting for redevelopment since the Butlers Arms was demolished several years ago.  A fire appears to have been set close to or against the wall of Somerfield’s, which backs onto the land. The death is being treated as unexplained at this stage.

Back in March a fire was deliberately set at the closed Black Horse pub just on the opposite corner.  That act of arson did not result in death or injury and its perpetrators have never been brought to justice.

The latest incident, for the time being, also remains a mystery. There is no suggestion of a link between the two fires.  The Coroner has been informed and the scene remains cordoned off for forensic investigations.

A post mortem is due to take place today to establish the cause of death.

Police and fire services on the scene this morning  

Det Insp Tom Chisholm from Force CID said: “Detectives are continuing to work with the fire service to establish the cause of the fire, as well as the cause of death.

“Forensic scene investigators have been working at the scene to gather evidence and we have detectives conducting further enquiries in the area today.

“If anyone has any information I would ask that they get in touch with police.”

Anybody who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Force CID at Bloxwich on 0345 113 5000 or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.”

The site was due to reopen at 9.30am today.

UPDATED 6 May 2011

Police in Walsall are continuing their investigation into the above case. The man, who has still to be identified, had suffered serious burns but a post mortem to determine the precise cause of death has proved inconclusive. Further forensic tests are now to be carried out.

At this stage, detectives are continuing to treat the death as unexplained and are making a fresh appeal for witnesses and information to throw light on the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Det Insp Bob Bradford from Force CID said: “It is not yet clear exactly how this man died or whether there is any criminality involved either in his death or the cause of the fire.

“However, it is a matter of fact that he was badly burned and that we are still trying to identify him and trace his family so that we can gain a clearer picture of both his personal background and what happened.

“It is important to the inquiry for anyone with information to come forward. The scene of the fire is just off Bloxwich Road, which is a busy route and would have had a fair number of motorists using it at around 6pm on Wednesday.

“We are also keen to trace three youths or young men who were walking along the pavement adjacent to the scene at around 6pm to 6:15pm. They may well have seen something significant and we would stress that they could be vital witnesses.

“I would appeal to them, and indeed anyone with information, to contact Force CID at Bloxwich by ringing 0345 113 5000 or calling Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.”back to top

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