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Second man charged with murder after cannabis farm robbery

By Megan Archer | Brierley Hill | Crime | Published:

A second man has been charged with murder after a robbery at a cannabis farm ended with two men being shot and killed with a crossbow.

A blue sheet covering a car which appeared to have crashed on Wilson Road

Police say a house in Brierley Hill where cannabis was being grown was targeted during a raid.

Trouble flared between two groups at the scene in Pensnett Road last Thursday, said West Midlands Police.

Khuzaimah Douglas, aged 19, and 36-year-old Waseem Ramzan were killed.

Omar Ramzan, of Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill, was arrested on Monday in connection with the deaths.

The 23-year-old was charged with two counts of murder and was due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court today.

His father, 46-year-old Saghawat Ramzan, is currently remanded in prison having already been charged with the murders.

Police have already charged a 19-year-old man with conspiracy to burgle and perverting the course of justice.

He is now in prison on remand.

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The police cordon on Pensnett Road, next to the house which was raided before the stabbings

Further arrests have been made in Dudley and Birmingham yesterday as part of the investigation.

A 21-year-old man was detained by officers who stopped a VW Sirocco in North Place at 6pm.

He is now in police custody for questioning about the cannabis farm robbery.

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It came after a 23-year-old man from Weoley Castle was arrested in Birmingham at 3pm yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and he remains in police custody.

And a 32-year-old man from Brierley Hill arrested on Monday on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed while enquiries progress.

Two other men aged 21 and 23 had previously been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and a 42-year-old for assisting an offender.

They have all been released on police bail.

A police tent on Wilson Road, just off Pensnett Road, where two men were stabbed to death

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from the force’s homicide team, said: "This is a fast-moving investigation and we are making significant progress on a daily basis with more arrests and charges.

"We are continuing to work around the clock on this case and would encourage anyone who may have information and who’s not yet contacted us to please get in touch."

Dudley Police commander, Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, added: “The swift progress we’re making on this case reflects our commitment to tackling violence in the borough.

“Our police patrols continue in the area around Pensnett Road in order to provide a visible reassurance.

"In the longer term we are working with partners including the council, health, education and charities to tackle violent crime and the root causes of violence."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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