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Murdered OAP died of head injuries

A pensioner who was found dead at his home died as a result of serious head injuries, police have said.

William Davis, 92, was found collapsed at his Hobley Street residence in Willenhall, West Midlands, on Sunday evening.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "He had suffered serious head injuries and despite the best efforts of medical staff at the scene, he died as a result of his injuries."

Detectives have launched a murder inquiry into Mr Davis' death and have been working at the scene since being called to the premises at 6.30pm on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination began on Monday to determine the cause of his death. The tests continue but initial indications are that the pensioner died as a result of head injuries, the force spokesman said.

Superintendent Richard Baker, of the force's criminal investigation department (CID), said on Tuesday: "We continue our painstaking examination of the scene today and we will be speaking to significant witnesses, including those who discovered Mr Davis and family members who can begin to give us a picture of William's life and last movements.

"We believe William was last seen at around 2.30pm on Sunday and he was found collapsed in his home by neighbours shortly before we received the call at 6.30pm later that evening.

"We want to hear from anyone who saw Mr Davis on Sunday or saw anyone in the area around Hobley Street that afternoon. Any piece of information could well provide the key in finding those responsible for William's death and we urge anyone who may be able to help our inquiry to come forward at the earliest opportunity."

Officers continue to patrol the area to offer reassurance and support to members of the community who may be concerned by the events of the past 48 hours. The house, as well as Hobley Street and Fisher Street, remain cordoned off while police make enquiries at the scene and conduct forensic investigations.

Police have asked anyone with any information relating to the incident to contact the force criminal investigation department at force CID by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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