We will catch Dan’s killers, says top cop
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