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Police hunting killers of aspiring model release CCTV of men they want to trace

Detectives said there has been a ‘significant development’ in the James Brindley murder inquiry.

Detectives hunting the killers of an aspiring male model have released CCTV of two men they want to trace in connection with the murder.

James Brindley, 26, was stabbed in the heart as he walked home at about 11.45pm on June 23, but, just over two weeks on, nobody has been arrested over the death.

His parents paid tribute to their “most precious son”, saying his killing in Aldridge, West Midlands, had been “like a bolt out of the blue”.

Last week the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police urged the public to help bring Mr Brindley’s killers to justice.

Immediately after the attack, four schoolboys rushed to his side and tried in vain to save his life with first aid.

In what detectives are calling a “significant development”, police have identified and now released footage of two men they want to speak to.

The pair are seen on film in the Whetstone Lane and Churn Hill Road area of the town both before and after James was stabbed in Little Aston Road near The Croft.

It is thought the men had come from the direction of Bosty Lane and headed back that way.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mallett, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a significant development in our investigation and I would urge anyone who recognises either of these men to contact us as a matter of urgency.

“James’ family desperately need answers and we are continuing to keep them updated with our investigation, but we also need your help to bring James’ killers to justice.”

Anyone with information is urged to ring police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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