Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire man Paul Cox, 83, found murdered at home

Paul Cox
Image caption Police said, Paul Cox, who lived alone, died as a result of being attacked

Police have launched a murder investigation after an 83-year-old Worcestershire man was found dead.

Paul Cox was found by police at his home in Waseley Road, in Rubery, on Friday, after they received a call from a concerned neighbour.

Police said Mr Cox, who lived alone, died as a result of being attacked.

They added they were keen to trace his Ford Focus car, which was taken from his driveway between 1930 BST on Thursday and 0800 BST on Friday.

The car is "jeans blue" and has the registration number MH05 DFN.

Police have released a picture of a Ford Focus identical to the victim's car, which they said was a colour no longer produced by Ford and which was relatively rare.

'Matter of urgency'

Ch Insp Amanda Blakeman, of West Mercia Police, said: "We have established that Mr Cox was attacked and has died as a result of that.

Image caption The car is a blue Ford Focus, registration MH05 DFN

"A murder investigation has been launched and we would appeal to anyone who has seen his missing blue Ford Focus, or who knows where it is, to contact us as a matter of urgency.

"We also want to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity at or near the address where this happened.

"The smallest amount of information could be vital to our investigation."

A murder incident room has been set up at Redditch Police Station.

Ch Insp Blakeman added police were conducting door-to-door inquiries and have also stepped up patrols in the area.

"I would like to reassure people that we will use all the resources at our disposal in order to find the person or persons responsible for this man's death," she said.

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