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£5,000 reward for information on whereabouts of suspect in fatal firework attack

Anthony Nicholls died after a large firework was set off in his home. Credit: West Midlands Police

The Crimestoppers charity is offering a £5,000 reward information on the whereabouts of an 18-year-old man, who is wanted for murder over a fatal house fire.

56-year-old Anthony Nicholls died in the fire on Birtchtrees Drive, Tile Cross, on November 7th 2017.

The father-of-one suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation after a large firework was lit and pushed through his front door, causing the house to go up in flames within minutes.

He rescued from the property and placed in an induced coma, but never regained consciousness.

His partner was left with multiple leg fractures after being forced to jump to safety from an upstairs window.

Anothony Blake is wanted for questioning in connection with Mr Nicholls' murder. The 18-year-old is thought to be in Sheldon, Birmingham.

Ronan Blake is wanted in connection with the firework attack. Credit: West Midlands Police

It is heart-breaking to think about what Anthony and his partner went through once that house caught fire.

This was such a thoughtless, heartless act carried out, and Anthony’s family deserve some answers as to why he was taken away from them.

This is why I am asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronan Blake, to contact our charity anonymously.

We’ll never ask for any of your details, and he’ll never know you spoke to us. So please, tell us what you know, not who you are.

– Pauline Hadley, West Midlands Regional Manager for Crimestoppers