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Birmingham bus stop murder: Sister appeals for information

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Media captionThe fatal attack happened at midnight on 30 December

The sister of a homeless man who was fatally injured at a bus stop in Birmingham has appealed for help to catch his killer.

Richard Williams, 58, was sitting at the bus stop on Dudley Road when he was attacked at midnight on 30 December.

He was found with serious head injuries and died in hospital shortly after.

Mr Williams' sister Elaine Shipway said he was a gentle man who did not deserve the violent nature of his death. Anyone with information should call police.

West Midlands Police said that following the attack, which they are treating as murder, the offender ran across Dudley Road into Heath Street towards Winson Green Road.

'Ferocious attack'

Detectives have described the offender as being aged between 30 and 50 years old, about 6ft (1.8m) tall and of a stocky build.

He was wearing a dark-coloured bomber jacket, with a lighter beanie-style hat and light trousers.

CCTV footage has been released of a man police want to speak to about the murder.

Det Insp Wayne Jones said: "Richard was sat in the bus stop, possibly asleep, when he was ferociously attacked receiving several blows to his head.

"He was a homeless man who had fallen on hard times although his family were always very supportive of him and are devastated by the loss of their brother."

'Never hurt anyone'

Police have yet to establish a motive for the killing and are trying to piece together the circumstances leading up to the attack.

Ms Shipway said: "The latter part of my brother's life, because of his alcohol addiction, he spent homeless.

"He was a quiet gentle man when he was not drinking and had never hurt anyone physically in his entire life even when he was drinking.

"He was well-known and had friends in the area when he was homeless. He didn't deserve to have his life ended in this violent way. Please come forward if you know anything to help the police to catch his killer."

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