Daughter’s emotional plea to find killers after her dad dies in Tile Cross house fire

The daughter of a man killed when a firework was set off in his Birmingham house has appealed for information to help catch her father’s killers.

Fiona Nicholls’ plea came as Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to justice for the family.

Anthony Nicholls

Anthony Nicholls

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

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.

Fiona, 35, said: “It’s horrendous what’s happened to my dad. Words can’t describe how me and my family are feeling.

“My dad made no enemies. He was hard working, he was a funny man.

“I just want someone to come forward and give any information whatsoever, please.”

Mr Nicholls’ partner, a 50-year-old woman, escaped with fractures to her lower limbs after jumping from a first-floor window. She has been released from hospital, but suffered life-changing injuries.

Detectives believe the key to solving the case lies in the local community, and are analysing hundreds of hours of CCTV in an effort to identify the killers.

Detective Inspector, Paul Joyce said: “This was a cowardly attack on a couple in their own home.

“It’s my strong belief that the answers to this investigation lie within the local community. I would urge anybody to please come forward, to talk to us and tell us what they know.”

Anyone with information can call 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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