Fourth arrest as family pay tribute to stabbing victim

Relatives of a man who was fatally stabbed near the scene of a car fire have paid tribute to him as a “loving son, husband and father”.

Richard Helm was pronounced dead at the scene after being stabbed in the Ashmore Park area of Wolverhampton at around 5.15am on Friday.

In a statement released through West Midlands Police, the family of the 37-year-old said: “Richard was a loving son, husband and father to four young children.

“He has been taken from us too soon. We love and deeply miss him so much. We ask that the media respect our privacy at this tragic time.”

Photo of Richard Helm, who died last week after being stabbed in the Ashmore Park area of Wolverhampton.
Richard Helm (West Midlands Police/PA)

A 27-year-old man who handed himself in at Wolverhampton police station on Sunday night is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Two men arrested in connection with the death have been bailed by police, while another suspect was freed and will face no further action.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough from the force’s homicide team, said: “We are still in the early stages of our investigation and trying to get a clear understanding of how Richard died and all the events leading up to it.

“His family are devastated by his death and our thoughts remain with them all at this incredibly sad time.

“I need to get answers for them so I’m appealing for anyone who believes they may have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch with us.”