£10,000 reward offered in canal murder information appeal • B31 Voices

One month after the body of a Kings Norton man was sadly found in a local canal, a reward of £10,000 is being offered for information about his murder.

The body of 48 year old local man Darren Round was found in the Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Masshouse Lane at 8.40am on Saturday 15th February.

A murder investigation was launched by West Midlands Police after a post mortem found that Darren had suffered severe facial injuries, consistent with an assault, before entering the canal.

Darren left his home in Kings Norton at 7.30pm on Friday 14th February wearing a blue coat and carrying a rucksack. CCTV images show him using a nearby cashpoint machine before walking along the canal to the Five Ways area of Birmingham.

It’s known that he then walked back towards home along the canal, and he was last seen on CCTV walking along the canal close to Wharf Road Bridge towards Shannon Tunnel at around 12.40am. His body was discovered later that same morning.

Last sighting of Darren Round – 12.40am Sat 15th February on the canal near Wharf Road, Kings Norton

Now UK charity Crimestoppers is offering a significant monetary reward of £10,000 for any information passed to themselves which leads to the conviction of those responsible.

Crimestoppers regional manager Gary Murray said: “We are appealing to anybody with any information to speak to our charity 100% anonymously. You can make all of the difference to help get justice for Darren, whose life was so tragically cut short.

“A local man, we know that Darren frequently went for walks along the canal network. We would like to get to the bottom of what happened on that fateful day.

“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information for over 32 years, since our charity began. We have always kept our promise of anonymity to the millions of people who have trusted us. Every day over a thousand people contact us.

“You can speak to us anonymously by calling our UK Contact Centre which is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form. No matter how important you think the information you have is, please contact us.”