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Car found in Birmingham after elderly man's death

Paul Cox
Image caption The body of Paul Cox, who lived alone, was found on 3 June at his home near Birmingham

A car which was taken from the driveway of an 83-year-old man found dead at his home has been discovered.

Paul Cox was found at his semi-detached home in Waseley Road, Rednal, near Birmingham, on Friday morning.

A blue Ford Focus, which had been burnt, was found in a car park within a housing complex at The Gardens, Erdington, on Sunday night.

Mr Cox's family described him as loving and honest. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering him.

The man was being questioned at a police station in north Worcestershire.

Good friends

The car, registration MH05 DFN, was discovered following a call to the fire service from a member of the public at about 2335 BST on Sunday, West Mercia Police said.

The force added it was anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen the car, or anyone using it, between about 1930 BST on Thursday and when it was found.

Mr Cox, who would have celebrated his 84th birthday on Tuesday, had lived at his home for more than 50 years.

After leaving the Army, he worked for more than 30 years as a toolmaker/engineer for Cadbury Brothers in Bournville and was still with the company when he retired, police said.

He had remained good friends with ex-wife Sheila after they split up about 40 years ago, the force added.

'Funny charm'

Mr Cox is survived by the couple's son Greg, who lives in Shropshire, daughter Jane, who lives in Birmingham, his brother Ray in Sussex, and two grandchildren.

His daughter described her father as a strong-willed, fiercely independent character who was decent, with a mischievous sense of humour.

She said: "Due to his need for solitude some people may have missed his warm and funny charm but Dad did things his own way and at his own pace...

"We are just shocked, devastated and angry this has happened to our dad.

"We have got to live with the fact that our dad, our children's granddad, has died a violent death rather than peacefully with his family around him.

"That's the big rock we are carrying around at the moment."

Mr Cox's ex-wife described him as a quiet man who enjoyed the privacy of his own home.

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