Bilston murder probe house still sealed off

The house in Bilston where a man was shot in the head was today cordoned off for a fifth day as police revealed they would be there until later this week.

The scene in Arthur Street, Bilston
The scene in Arthur Street, Bilston

The house in Bilston where a man was shot in the head was today cordoned off for a fifth day as police revealed they would be there until later this week.

Detectives investigating the murder of the 31-year-old victim, named locally as Lee Douglas, have revealed they believe they know the identity of his killers.

And today they were continuing to man a mobile police incident support unit that has been set up at the murder scene, in Arthur Street, while a white police tent also remained in the garden.

This is the first picture of the three-storey house, split into flats and bedsits, at the centre of the murder probe. The victim was shot dead at the house, on the corner of busy Wellington Road,  at about 12.30am on Thursday.

A police family liaison officer is understood to be working with the relatives of Mr Douglas, but no further details about him have been released.

More than 60 officers are working on the case and are following up a number of lines of inquiry.

They are also looking into reports that car was parked with its engine running and headlights on just yards from the murder scene.

The driver was heard shouting: "You've done it, come on," to another man running towards the car moments after the killing. He got into the small black car before it sped off.

The killing came almost a year after 50-year-old Danny McCalla was gunned down at the former Tropical Harmony nightclub in Bilston.

In July last year Swinder Singh Batth, aged 47, was shot dead outside Gavin's Sports Bar in Hall Street, which he ran. And 34-year-old Tom Berry was stabbed to death outside a wedding reception at Bilston Town Hall in July this year.

The number of killings has sparked concern from politicians, with Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden claiming the violence had "shaken public confidence".