We will catch Dan’s killers, says top cop

Solihull News - - NEWS - NICK McCARTHY nick. mccarthy@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

WEST Mid­lands Po­lice Chief Con­sta­ble says he is de­ter­mined to bring a stab­bing vic­tim’s killers to jus­tice as he made an­other ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion about his mur­der.

Dan Baird was fa­tally knifed af­ter a fight started in­side Dig­beth’s Forge Tav­ern pub, and spilled out­side at 4.30am on July 8.

The 26- year- old, from Yard­ley, and a friend, were both knifed af­ter vi­o­lence erupted at the Great Barr Street pub, which has since been closed down by li­cens­ing chiefs.

Po­lice faced a wall of si­lence from peo­ple in­side the pub and, de­spite re­peated ap­peals for wit­nesses, his killer is still on the run.

The at­tack hap­pened dur­ing a fright­en­ing sum- mer crime­wave that claimed 11 lives in just seven weeks.

But Chief Con­sta­ble David Thomp­son says Dan’s mur­der is the only one that has not yet led to an ar­rest or charge of a sus­pect.

De­scrib­ing the sum­mer as the most “chal­leng­ing and un­prece­dented” he had ex­pe­ri­enced in his polic­ing ca­reer, he said: “There is but one case where some­body has not been charged and that is the mur­der of Daniel Baird at the Forge Tav­ern pub.

“We have made a num­ber of ap­peals for in­for­ma­tion and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still very ac­tive. I am still ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward and help. We are de­ter­mined to bring peo­ple to jus­tice.” Dan’s dev­as­tated loved ones had pre­vi­ously ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion to help po­lice break down the wall of si­lence af­ter the fa­tal stab­bing. They de­scribed him as “the most lov­ing, car­ing per­son you could ever meet”. He was, they said, “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when he was at­tacked.

His griev­ing mum, Lynne Baird, pre­vi­ously sent an open let­ter to the Mail about her son’s mur­der and the other deaths. “There is a very dan­ger­ous per­son at large, and this thought ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fies us all,” she said. “We do be­lieve the po­lice are work­ing ex­tremely hard on the case, how­ever.”

De­tec­tives say up to 100 peo­ple were in­side The Forge Tav­ern at the time of the in­ci­dent. They are hunt­ing up to a dozen peo­ple in­volved in what they called a “run­ning brawl” be­fore Dan was stabbed. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call de­tec­tives on 101, or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Dan’s fu­neral was tak­ing place to­day ( Septem­ber 15) at 11.30am at Holy Fam­ily Church, 763 Coven­try Road, Small Heath.

Fol­low­ing the mass, Dan was be­ing taken to Yard­ley Cre­ma­to­rium for com­mit­tal at 1pm.

I am still ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward and help. We are de­ter­mined to bring peo­ple to jus­tice. CHIEF CON­STA­BLE DAVID THOMP­SON

Po­lice foren­sic of­fi­cers out­side The Forge Tav­ern in July and, left, stab­bing vic­tim Dan Baird, aged 26

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