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Police hunt suspect after fatal stabbing

Police are hunting a suspect the fatal stabbing of man in Solihull have named a man they would like to speak and released images of him.

James Atherley is wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of Callum Lees. Credit: West Midlands Police

James Atherley, formerly of Wells Road, Solihull has been formally named as a suspect wanted in connection with the death of Callum Lees who was stabbed in the neck after an argument at a house party in Hopwas Grove on the 6th of August.

Callum Lees was fatally stabbed after a house party in the early hours of the 6th of August. Credit: Family handout

Mr Lees was found collapsed in nearby Haselour Road by a member of the public and later died in hospital.

Police have so far arrested three people in connection with the murder and urge anyone with information on Atherley’s whereabouts to contact them. A warning was also issued that anyone hindering the investigation is at risk of imprisonment.

A statement released on behalf of Callum's family said:

Everyone who knew him only had good words to say. Our world has been shattered and will never be the same again. We love you Callum.

– The family of Callum Lees

Three men aged 21, 20 and 18 arrested in connection with the stabbing have been bailed while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information on Atherley’s whereabouts can call the West Midlands Police Homicide Unit on 101 (ext 863 3047) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.