Tony Nicholls: 29-year-old man arrested in connection with firework murder

Police have made an arrest this afternoon

Police have made an arrest this afternoon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Detectives hunting the men who killed Tony Nicholls with a firework in Birmingham have made an arrest this afternoon (November 15).

The 29-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, police say.

Nicholls, aged 56, died in hospital following a blaze at his home in Birchtrees Crescent, Tile Cross, on November 2.

The fire started after an industrial-sized firework was placed in the property by a group of men who burst into Mr Nicholls’ home at around 11.20pm as he and his partner enjoyed a Chinese takeaway.

The firework was lit and caused a major fire.

Nicholls' partner, a 50-year-old woman, escaped with fractures to her lower limbs after jumping from a first-floor window at the property. She has been released from hospital, but suffered life changing injuries. However Nicholls could not be saved.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.