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Murder investigation launched after man found in Wolverhampton with serious head injuries dies

A murder investigation has been launched after a man found with serious injuries in Wolverhampton on Monday morning died.

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West Midlands Police were busy working in the area near to Berrington Lodge Nursing Home, where the tent was placed

Police were called to Tettenhall Road after a man in his 40s was discovered with serious head injuries just after 7am. Nothing could be done to save him and he died at the scene, near to Berrington Lodge Day Nursery.

The area from Haden Hill to Clark Road was taped off by police, with dozens of officers, inspectors and forensic teams at the scene to begin an investigation into what happened.

There were plenty of police officers at the scene

Officers went from door to door at nearby homes on Haden Hill, Clark Road and Larches Lane to talk to residents and examine CCTV footage to check for any footage that might help with enquiries.

One resident on Larches Lane, who asked to remain anonymous, said he'd woken up and seen police tape everywhere and had only just found out what had happened.

He said: "It's really bad to see what's happened and to hear what it was about.

"I was asleep when it happened and only found out this morning, but I think one of the hostels nearby might have footage, so I hope the police find what they're looking for."

The area heading down from Clark Road to Haden Hill was closed off

Andy Burton, the Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for Larches Lane and Westland Avenue, said he had been surprised to find out about someone dying nearby, saying the area was a quiet one with no anti-social behaviour.

He said: "We recently had a coronation party here and we have a good network of people and no anti-social behaviour around this area, so I'm very surprised to find out from a passerby that there's been an alleged murder, as it would be very unusual for here.

"I think most people would surprised about it and I think this is an isolated incident as if it is a murder or there has been one, we wouldn't know who has been involved or what's involved.

"It just feels too random an event and I don't think anyone would get too concerned about it happening again."

A blue tent could be seen on the side of the Tettenhall Road inside a driveway

Further down the road, traffic was being diverted along Paget Road and Clark Road, with only residents of houses in the area being given access to cross the police line.

One of the residents living nearby said she hadn't been surprised to hear about what had happened, saying she had heard so many sirens in the past that it was only a matter of time before something happened.

The woman said: "Where we live, you have people sitting on walls getting drunk and police sirens going off every night because this road is so busy, so I kind of expected something like this.

"It's awful because of what has happened, but it shows that we need more police down here and more attention paid to this area."

The Shell station on Clark Road remained open, but the Tettenhall Road going past was closed off

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "We're in the early stages of our enquiries but we believe this followed disorder in the area.

"A scene remains in place between Haden Hill and Clark Road while we seek to establish exactly what happened and why.

"We're examining CCTV and carrying out house to house enquiries but we remain keen to hear from anyone with information.

"You can contact us via Live Chat on our website, or by calling 101, and quote log 651 of May 29."

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