Arrest made after two men found shot dead in car at industrial estate

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two men were found shot dead in a car parked on an industrial estate.

West Midlands Police launched a murder investigation after the men were discovered just before 3.30pm on Wednesday.

However it is thought the victims, aged in their late 20s or early 30s and who have yet to be formally identified, were killed at the site in Brierley Hill, Dudley, shortly after 1pm.

The force said the suspect was detained after a vehicle was stopped on Hunter Street in Carnforth, Lancashire, at around 11.30am on Thursday.

Police said he was being transported to one of the custody facilities in the West Midlands for questioning.

The car they were in was parked outside units off Moor Street, and the area has been sealed off while forensic investigations are carried out.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it had been called to the scene at 3.30pm on Wednesday, sending an ambulance and paramedics.

A spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two male patients, both of whom were inside a car. It is believed they had been there for some time.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save either of them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”

Police said a post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Friday and the location of the killings remains sealed off while forensic experts examine the scene.

Residents living in the area around the Albion Works industrial estate said they heard nothing untoward on Wednesday afternoon.

Police cordon in Brierley Hill
Police cordon in Brierley Hill

The site is fringed by another industrial park, a canal, a disused railway line and a footpath linking Moor Street to a nearby housing estate.

A police van blocked the single entrance to Albion Works on Thursday, moving only to allow access to other police vehicles, including a forensics unit.

A man who lives near the site, who declined to be named, said: “The police were cordoning off the path when I got home from work but my dad was in all day and he heard nothing.

“You can see the back of the industrial estate from the path. There’s units and a scrapyard-type thing at the back there.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro from West Midlands Police’s homicide unit said: “This is a fast-moving investigation, a real team effort involving officers who’ve worked around the clock since the discovery of the bodies to trace the person we believe is responsible.

“The arrest is a significant development but our inquiries continue and I would appeal to anyone with information about what’s happened, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw or heard anything suspicious, to get in touch.”

The force has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.