Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham deaths: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Avtar and Carole Singh-Kolar
Image caption Avtar and Carole Singh-Kolar died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a couple in Birmingham.

Carole, 58, and Avtar Singh-Kolar, 62, were found dead at their home in Handsworth Wood on Wednesday.

Post-mortem tests confirmed the couple died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and that both had been struck a number of times.

Their bodies were discovered by their son, Jason, who is an officer with West Midlands Police.

Officers arrested the man at a house in the city on Friday night.

He has been taken to a police station in the West Midlands where he is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Det Supt Richard Baker, who is leading a team of more than 60 officers assigned to the case, said: "This was a horrendous attack.

"We continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry and we thank those who have called us so far. We encourage anyone with information to speak to us no matter how insignificant they feel the detail is."

Crimestoppers said the double murder was a "vile crime" and has put up a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

'Special people'

The couple had four children and eight grandchildren. At an emotional press conference on Thursday, two of the children made a desperate plea for help to catch their killers.

Daughter Michelle Kirwan, 39, described them as "the sweetest, kindest people that I have ever met".

She said: "Our hearts are broken forever and our lives will never be the same."

Detectives have said they are looking into a number of lines of inquiry, including a rise in burglaries and gold thefts in the area.

Speaking earlier this week, Mr Baker said a possible link between Jason Kolar's position with the force and his parents' death was "not a significant line of inquiry".

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