The family of David Hickman, owner of Dark Arts, have paid tribute to him. Dave died on Saturday evening from injuries sustained in an incident outside his gym above Northfield market earlier this month.

Dave, 38, also owned the Dark Arts Tattoo shops in Rubery and Oldbury.

In a statement issued by West Midlands Police, Dave’s family said: “”David was a loving son, brother and father. He loved and supported his mum, dad and brothers, helping many more. David will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.”

His brother Luke said: “David was not only my brother but my best friend. We were always in each other’s pockets and did everything together. I can’t imagine a better brother or better man to have in our lives.”

David leaves behind his mum Eileen, dad Pete, partner Wendy, brothers Luke and Paul as well as his daughter, 16 and step-son, in his 20s.

His family added: “David will never be forgotten.”

A 48-year-old man, from Northfield has been charged with wounding and, following a brief appearance at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court earlier last week, was remanded in custody.

On 10 July a 21-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and was later bailed pending police enquiries.

Anyone with information should call Force CID on 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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