Birmingham & Black Country

Murder inquiry into unit shooting as body identified

Leon Robinson
Image caption Mr Robinson was found by a passing member of the public, police said

A man found shot in the head in a disused industrial unit in the Black Country has been identified by police.

The body of Leon Robinson, from Rubery, Birmingham, was discovered on Thursday in the premises in Foundry Lane at Smethwick by a member of the public.

A murder inquiry has been started by police, a spokesman said.

The 33-year-old, known as Bucky, has been missing from his home since 7 November.

A post-mortem examination found he died from a bullet wound to the head.

Witnesses are urged to contact police, who said there had been "some reluctance" in people coming forward.

'Patrols stepped up'

Acting Ch Insp Wayne Jones, of West Midlands Police, said: "Leon was well known in both Rubery and the Sandwell area. Someone somewhere knows what happened to him.

"We are particularly keen to speak Leon's friends, as they could be holding some information that could help us with our investigation.

"We understand there may be some reluctance to come forward and speak to police, however there are a range of measures we can take to protect the identity of witnesses."

Patrols have been stepped up although Foundry Lane is a quiet industrial area, he added.

"Officers have been conducting door to door inquiries, and have been speaking to locals to help with the investigation," he said

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