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Murder victim found in canal with face wounds was ‘beaten and thrown in the water’ police say

GRIM FIND

THE body of a man with severe facial injuries was pulled from a canal yesterday morning.

Darren Round, 48, was found in the water near Masshouse Lane in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

A post mortem completed today revealed Mr Round suffered facial injuries consistent with an assault before entering the water.

Homicide detectives have now taken over the investigation and are trying to build a picture of his final movements.

West Midlands Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Masshouse Lane and Shannon Road area of Kings Norton, or walking on the canal towpath, from 7.30pm on Friday night and 8.40am the following morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, said: "Darren was wearing a blue coat and a rucksack.

"If anyone saw him or anyone else on the towpath on Friday night into Saturday morning I need them to get in touch.

"We need to understand Darren's movements from 7.30pm when he left home to when his body was tragically found in the canal.

"If you were in the area and saw anything suspicious please make contact."

Anyone with information is asked to message WMP on their Live Chat or call on 101.