THE hunt for the killers of a Worcestershire man - shot dead in a robbery last Friday - led police to Shirley and Sheldon this week.
A major manhunt was launched following the murder of Craig Hodson-Walker - who was killed when raiders targeted his father’s Fairfield Post Office.
In the early hours of yesterday morning, police swooped on six addresses across Birmingham and Solihull, including houses in Shirley and Sheldon.
Eight people (five men and three women) were arrested and were last night being held at police stations across the West Midlands and West Mercia areas.
Four men are being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
The remaining four people were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for West Mercia police told the Solihull Times that no other details had been released about the people in custody.
Police officers investigating the murder shifted the focus of their enquiries to the borough and south Birmingham area, after it emerged the car used in the robbery was from the Solihull area.
The vehicle, a silver Volkswagen Golf, had been stolen on New Year’s Eve. In the days that followed the theft, the car was spotted a number of times in the south Birmingham vicinity.
A group of men, brandishing a sledgehammer and gun, robbed the store near Bromsgrove on Friday morning.
Mr Hodson-Walker, aged 29, sustained a fatal gunshot wound and his father Ken, who is still in hospital, was shot in the leg.
After the raid on the family-run business, the stolen Golf was dumped half a mile down the road.
Supt Adrian Pass said: “I would like to take this opportunity to stress that this investigation is still in its early stages and we are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to call police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”