War Hero Killed in Willenhall

An elderly man's body has been discovered by police at a house in Willenhall in the Black Country.

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Police hunt war hero's killer

Police say the killer of a 92 year old war veteran carried out his attack in a short time frame. A neighbour took a meal to the pensioner just a couple of hours before he was found murdered.

The attacker will have been heavily bloodstained and police say they may well have been trying to conceal the evidence of their attack from friends and family.

The full report by Mark Gough:

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Decorated war veteran was 'fiercely independent'

Detective Superintendent Richard Baker from West Midlands Police has described William 'Bill' Davis as a "fiercely independent" father to two, grandfather to four and great grandfather to one:

"Bill used to go into Willenhall on a weekly basis. He tended his own garden and maintained his home on his own. He was very well known in the local community and used to stop and chat to his neighbours".

Chief Inspector Mike O'Hara, from Walsall local policing unit, said: "We are providing essential patrols and reassurance to the local area and understand the devastating impact this can have on such a tight knit community.


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Forensic searches continue after death of Willenhall "war hero"

William Davis, 92-year-old 'war hero' found dead at his home in the Black Country Credit: West Midlands Police

A murder investigation is continuing today into the death of a 92-year-old "war hero".

The body of William Davis was found dead at a house in Willenhall in the West Midlands on Sunday evening.

He died as a result of serious head injuries, police said.

Local roads are still closed this morning as police continue their inquiries.

The results of a post-mortem examination are expected later.

Police release picture of murder victim

Police investigating the murder of a Black Country pensioner have released a photo of the victim.

William Davis Credit: West Midlands Police

Police investigating the murder of a pensioner in Willenhall have released a photo of the victim.

Paramedics were called to an address in Willenhall just before 6.30pm on Sunday. William Davis, who was 92, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The exact cause of death is not as yet known.

Detective Inspector Gary Plant, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are still in the very early stages of our investigation, however the initial enquiries that have been made at the scene give us cause to treat this elderly man's death as suspicious.

"A team of officers will be operating in the community to speak to neighbours and residents who may have information to help our investigation, whilst local police will also be on hand to offer support and reassurance.

"We understand that this incident is likely to cause shock and upset in the community and we want to reassure people that we will be painstakingly working at the scene to determine exactly what has happened.

"We urge anyone who has information to come forward at their earliest opportunity."

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