Boxing Day horror after man killed in ‘hit and run’ as murder probe launched

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A 28-year-old man has died after what police believe was a deliberate hit and run incident.

An ambulance crew alerted police after a a man was found with serious head injuries in a street in Erdington, Birmingham, just before 6am this morning.

Forensics officers are at the scene this morning and closures are in place on Erdington's Coton Lane and parts of the nearby High Street.

Detective Sergeant Nick Barnes, from our homicide team, said: “My thoughts are with the family of the man who tragically died this morning."

“A family have lost a loved one and we need to find out what took place and who is responsible.”

He added: “We’re in the early stages of our investigation and I’d urge anyone who witnesses anything who hasn’t yet spoken to us, or anyone with any information or dash-cam footage to get in touch as soon as they can.

The Birmingham Mail reports that officers have erected a blue forensic tent outside a nail bar on Coton Lane, and the road remains closed to traffic.

A forensic officer in a white boiler suit and face mask was pictured close to the police tent within the cordons on Coton Lane.

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Locals have said they have had "no choice" but to move out in recent months due to a rising tide of crime and antisocial behaviour in the area.

One Erdington resident, a 42-year-old health worker who gave her name as Sarah, said: "People like me are just voting with their feet, putting their houses up for sale and moving out. That is the decimation of the whole community.”

Police have urged anyone with any information on the Coton Lane incident to contact West Midlands Police via live chat on their website or to call 101 quoting log number 688 of 26 December.

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