THE recent conviction of a local man for a killing 25 years ago has prompted police and a local MP to encourage people to help crack other unsolved cases.
Mark Masefield was sentenced last month for the 1987 manslaughter of Anthony Pryke, whose body was discovered by workmen clearing a storm drain in Bluebell Drive, Chelmsley Wood.
Last July Masefield handed himself into police and admitted the killing.
Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, said this week: “The successful conviction makes me wonder how many more unsolved cases could reach a satisfactory conclusion if more evidence came to light.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police added: “If anyone has any information about cases that are still open, we are keen to hear from them.”
l The case of missing school boys David Spencer and Patrick Warren from Chelmsley Wood has still not been solved.
Patrick, then aged 11 and 13-year-old David went missing in 1996.
The boys had said they were going out to visit one of Patrick’s brothers, who lived nearby, on Boxing Day. It was the last their families ever saw or heard from them.
The last known sighting was at a Shell petrol station in Chelmsley Wood just after midnight, where an attendant gave them a packet of biscuits.
Patrick’s red Apollo bicycle, a prized Christmas gift, was found later at the back of the petrol station, in an area where commercial bins were stored.
For more unsolved cases, go to http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/specialist-crime/major-investigations/current.asp.
Anyone with information on any unsolved cases, is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.