Residents in a rural village have expressed their concern after a man was murdered yesterday by a beauty spot.
Police investigating the death in Earlswood, near Solihull, West Midlands, launched a murder probe today. They have closed country roads. Paramedics dashed to the scene, near Earlswood Lakes and a popular pub, but nothing could be done to save the man in his 40s yesterday morning.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We’ve launched a murder investigation after a man was found fatally stabbed in Solihull. We were called to the junction of Braggs Farm Lane at Lady Lane just before 6.45am yesterday (29 November).
“A man in his 40s was found with serious injuries and sadly nothing could be done to save him.”
Two police vans are blocking traffic towards the adjacent Dickens Heath and Tidbury Green areas.
Ava Thompson, a dog walker who lives in the pretty neighbourhood, said: “Braggs Farm Lane and Lady Lane is completely closed.
“They wouldn’t let me walk up there – I do this walk every day. It’s a lovely area so it’s quite disturbing this has happened.”
Another dog walker said: “I used to live here – for most of my life. But I got out of here last year as it got a bit rough. I had two of my vans stolen.”
Another resident posted on Facebook: “It’s very disturbing to see this. RIP to the man.”
There is a large police presence in Earlswood today, reports Birmingham Live.
No further details about the man, including his age, have been disclosed by West Midlands Police.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 6.39am on Tuesday to an incident at the junction of Lady Lane and Braggs Farm Lane. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.”
Three reservoirs near the scene, collectively called Earlswood Lakes, are popular with anglers, hikers and sailers.
Earlswood Lakes, built in the 1820s, are popular with diverse wildlife, including otters and deer. Many varieties of plant and tree life, including great willowherb, amphibious bistort, betony and gipsywort, can be found in and around the shores of the lakes and the water channels.