Appeal to trace witnesses in Matthew Powney murder investigation

By David Banner | Willenhall | Crime | Published:

Detectives investigating the death of man outside the Wetherspoon pub where he worked want to trace two potential witnesses.

The two men police want to trace who they believe will have vital information to help the inquiry

Matthew Powney suffered fatal head injuries near The Malthouse pub, in Willenhall, just after midnight on July 9 this year.

Today police appealed for two men who were passengers on a 529 bus, which was in the area around that time, to come forward.

Officers say the pair are not suspects but may have vital information to aid the investigation.

A man has been charged with the murder of Mr Powney but enquiries are on-going ahead of an expected trial in December.

Shaun Addison, 27, of Furzebank Way, Willenhall, appeared before the courts in July.

Detective Sergeant Ian Wilkins, from West Midlands Police, said: "This is still a very active investigation even though a suspect has been charged.

"We are continuing to build up evidence around what happened and have spoken to a number of people who were in the area and on the bus at the time.


"However, we have not managed to identify these two men and are keen to speak to them as potential witnesses.

"To make it clear; these men are not suspects but could have vital information which can assist our ongoing enquiries."

Matthew Powney, inset, who died after being attacked outside The Malthouse pub where he worked

Tributes poured in after the death of the 31-year-old Mr Powney who had worked at the pub, in New Road, for around seven years.

More than £6,400 was raised in an online fundraising bid to help provide financial security for his partner and daughter.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 using extension 863 3171.

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