Murder investigation launched after Bedford man fatally attacked by off-road biker in Coventry

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Joe Higgins
Mr Higgins was described as 'a gentle giant' by his family

A man from Bedford has sadly died in hospital after he was attacked on Tuesday (17 March) by an off-road biker in Coventry.

Joe Higgins, 41, was visiting family in Coventry when he was attacked in the Radford suburb of the city.

He was punched after challenging the biker over his reckless driving in the residential area. He suffered a fatal head injury.

A statement from West Midlands Police said, “Mr Higgins’ family described him as a ‘gentle giant’ adding ‘he didn’t have an aggressive bone in his body.’

“A man we’d arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge. The killer is still at large.”

Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, said, “Sadly there was nothing that could be done to save Mr Higgins’ life and my condolences go out to his family and friends.

“We need to find who attacked Mr Higgins and I’d urge anyone with information to contact the police. They can do that anonymously without leaving their name or contact details.

“People in the community know who is responsible. I should stress that if we find that anyone is helping him evade capture they will also be arrested for assisting an offender and may well find themselves in prison.

“If anyone was in the Jubilee Crescent area of Radford between 6 and 7pm on Tuesday – especially anyone who filmed the incident or took photos – I would ask them to call us.

“Similarly, if anyone has CCTV or dashcam footage then I’d urge them to get in touch.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to message West Midlands Police via Live Chat on their website or call 101 quoting log 2824 from 17 March.

People can also call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.

And they can also provide information through the Police Major Incident Public Reporting Site: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/20HQ19Z98-PO1

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