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Appeal for witnesses to 1975 fatal hit-and-run crash

James Parkinson who died after a hit and run in Birmingham in 1975
Image caption Officers are appealing for witnesses to James Parkinson's hit and run in 1975

Officers are reinvestigating the case of a man killed in a hit-and-run crash in Birmingham 35 years ago after fresh information was handed to police.

James Parkinson, 61, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, was hit by a bronze and black Ford Corsair in Golden Hillock Road, Small Heath, on 1 November 1975.

The car had been stolen from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, three weeks earlier and was being driven with false plates.

Its occupants fled the scene and Mr Parkinson later died of his injuries.

Family closure

The illegal registration number plate was RFD 600F.

Insp Mark Watkins, of West Midlands Police, declined to comment on the nature of the fresh information but said he had reason to believe someone would know the people involved in the crash.

He said: "I am sure that there is still vital information about this case out there even after all of this time. We would like to identify the offenders, so that we can bring closure to the family.

"Anything that the community knows may help us."

Anyone with information should call police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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