‘Key suspect’ in murder investigation may be in Weston as police offer £5,000 reward

PUBLISHED: 14:50 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 16 August 2017

James Atherley is a 'key suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Callum Lees', according to West Midlands Police.

James Atherley is a 'key suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Callum Lees', according to West Midlands Police.

West Midlands Police

A man who is a ‘key suspect’ in a murder investigation may be in Weston-super-Mare and police are offering £5,000 for information which leads to his arrest.

James Atherley is a 'key suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Callum Lees', according to West Midlands Police.James Atherley is a 'key suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Callum Lees', according to West Midlands Police.

West Midlands Police are hunting James Atherley following the death of Callum Lees near Birmingham on August 6.

A force spokesman said Mr Lees was ‘stabbed in the neck’ following an apparent dispute at a house party in Hopwas Grove.

He was found collapsed in Haselour Road by a member of the public and later died in hospital.

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Munro urged anyone with information on Atherley’s whereabouts to get in touch.

He said: “Our inquiries lead us to believe that James Atherley is no longer in the West Midlands and may have links to Weston.

“If anyone knows where he is, or has seen him in the last few days, I’d urge them to call us immediately.

“They can call me on the 101 number or speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously; all information will be treated with the utmost confidence.”

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