Small Heath pensioner murder

The funeral of 75-year-old Mohammed Saleem who was attacked as he walked home from evening prayers in Small Heath on Monday 29th April is taking place. A £10,000 reward for information about his murder is still being offered.

Small Heath man died after three stab wounds

Detectives investigating the death of an elderly man in Small Heath have revealed he died as a result of three stab wounds to the back.

Officers are continuing to investigate the murder of 75 year-old Mohammed Saleem who was attacked in Little Green Lane.

Police remain at the scene while forensic enquiries are ongoing and extra reassurance patrols are in place.

We have a team of officers currently investigating the death of Mr Saleem, who was an elderly and vulnerable gentleman. We are still in the very early stages of this investigation and the motive for the attack remains unclear.

– Detective Superintendent Mark Payne, who is leading the enquiry

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Daughter: 'Neighbours heard screams'

We're just so shocked. For him to lose his life in such a brutal way.

It's very tragic. He was very well respected in the community. He's such a lovely man I just can't believe it.

Everyone old and young knew him.

Neighbours have told us they heard screams and called for an ambulance. It's thought he may have tried to fight off his attacker.

– Shazia Khan, the daughter of Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry, speaking outside her father's home

She said her father used to walk to the mosque five times each day.

Ms Khan, who had travelled to Birmingham from London, added:

We just hope the police find who did this. It was him today, it could be someone else tomorrow.

To kill a defenceless old man who had a walking stick - well it's just terrible.

Police name man stabbed on way home from mosque

Police have confirmed that the man stabbed on his way home from a mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham, is Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry.

We are still in the very early stages of this investigation and the motive for the attack remains unclear.

We are examining CCTV footage and speaking to local residents who may have seen something last night. Officers are also carrying out extensive local enquiries alongside forensic specialists and search teams.

We believe Mr Saleem was making his way home from the nearby mosque and there may have been others in the area making similar journeys.

We really want to hear from anyone who was in the area between 10.15pm and 10.30pm and saw anything out of the ordinary or suspicious.

– Detective Superintendent Mark Payne

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Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry named by daughter as man stabbed in Small Heath

Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry is thought to have been the man stabbed in Small Heath
Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry is thought to have been the man stabbed in Small Heath Credit: ITV News Central

Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry, who was named by his daughter as the 75 year-old stabbed to death in Small Heath, lived at Little Green Lane for 25 years.

He used to work at RHM Bakery, which is now a Morrisons supermarket, before retiring a few years ago.

West Midlands Police refused to confirm the victim's name.

Man stabbed on way home from mosque named

A 75 year-old man who was stabbed to death in Small Heath, Birmingham, on his way home from evening prayers has been named locally as Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry.

My son will be gutted, he was very close to his grandad. I don't know how to tell him. He's lived in the area for more than 30 years. He was taking the same route he took 5 times a day to the local mosque. Usually he's accompanied on the way home after late prayer but last night he had nobody with him.

– Shazia Khan, 45, daughter of Mohammed Saleem Chaudhry

Man stabbed was returning home from evening prayers at a mosque

A 75 year-old man who was stabbed to death in Small Heath, Birmingham was returning home from evening prayers at a local mosque when he was attacked.

The man is said to have seven children and 22 grandchildren.

Family members have told reporters he was a well-respected member of the community and that everybody knew him. They say they are shocked that anyone would attack a defenceless elderly man with a walking stick.

Motive for Small Heath attack is unclear

Detective Inspector Martin Slevin from West Midlands Police said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation and the motive for the attack remains unclear.

Today we will be examining CCTV footage and speaking to local residents who who may have seen something last night.

We really want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything out of the ordinary.

Did you see anything suspicious between 10.15pm and 10.30pm in Little Green Lane? If you have any information that could help our investigation, please call as soon as possible.”

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