Updated 6th June 6.50pm West Mercia Polica investigating the murder of 83-year-old Paul Cox of Rubery Rednal have arrested a man in connection with his death.
The man is being questioned at a police station in north Worcestershire. Police are not releasing any further details at present.
Meanwhile, the family of Mr Cox have paid tribute to him in a press release from West Mercia Police:
Paul Cox, who would have celebrated his 84th birthday tomorrow (Tuesday 7 June), was found dead at his home in Waseley Road on Friday morning (3 June). A man arrested yesterday (Sunday) on suspicion of murdering him is still being questioned by detectives.
Mr Cox had lived at his home for more than 50 years and had been alone since he and his wife Sheila split around 40 years ago. He had remained good friends with her.
He is survived by their son Greg, who lives in Shropshire, daughter Jane, who lives in Birmingham, his brother Ray in Sussex, and two grandchildren.
Mr Cox was the youngest of four children who was born and raised in a traditional Catholic household in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham.
He carried out his National Service with the Royal Engineers, which took him to Palestine and Egypt. After leaving the army he was proud to work for more than 30 years as a toolmaker/engineer for Cadbury Brothers in Bournville and was still working for the company when he retired.
His daughter Jane described him as a strong willed, fiercely independent character who was also loving, honest and decent, with a mischievous sense of humour.
She said today (Monday): “Although he lived an unconventional lifestyle he was very traditional in other ways. He had few visitors but was in regular weekly contact with our mum, who was a great friend, and his children. He was very loyal to us.
“When his grandchildren were born he was one of the first to visit and remained a kind and proud granddad, always interested in what they were doing and how they were getting on.
“In later years he couldn’t enjoy the music he loved due to a hearing impairment but continued to follow football, cricket and snooker on TV, as well as his passion for cars.
“Due to his need for solitude some people may have missed his warm and funny charm but Dad did things his own way and at his own pace. He just wanted to be left alone to live his life his own way – unfortunately others were not going to let him do that.”
Mr Cox’s ex-wife Sheila described him as a quiet man who enjoyed the privacy of his own home.
His son Greg said his father was a in good spirits prior to his death and had been looking forward to getting together with him to watch England’s European Championship soccer match at the weekend, and celebrating his birthday with the family.
He said: “Despite his circumstances my dad placed the highest importance on the value of family life, probably instilled in him since he himself was a child.
“He will be remembered as a fiercely independent and intensely private person. He had an indomitable spirit and a compassionate and loving side that perhaps too few people ever saw.”
Talking about the effect of their father’s death on the family, Jane added: “We are just shocked, devastated and angry this has happened to our dad. We have got to live with the fact that our dad, our children’s granddad, has died a violent death rather than peacefully with his family around him. That’s the big rock we are carrying around at the moment.”
UPDATE June 6th 10pm: Mr Cox’s missing Ford Focus (jeans blue, registration MH05 DFN) has been found. Police recovered the vehicle, which had suffered fire damage, in a car park within a residential complex at The Gardens, Erdington, Birmingham, late last night (Sunday). It was discovered following a call to the Fire Service from a member of the public at 11.37pm.
Police are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen the car, or anyone using it, between around 7.30pm on Thursday evening (2 June) and when it was discovered last night.
If anyone had seen the vehicle or have any other relevant information, they should contact West Mercia Police at Bromsgrove CID 0300 333 3000, quoting 97/S/030611, or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.