Police have been given extra time to question suspects arrested over the shooting of a postmaster’s son in a violent armed robbery at a Worcestershire post office.
Five men and three women were arrested at homes across Birmingham in early morning swoops on Tuesday following the murder of 29-year-old Craig Hodson-Walker at Fairfield Post Office and Stores, near Bromsgrove, on Friday.
His father Ken was shot in the leg during the raid at gunpoint.
A West Mercia Police duty inspector confirmed officers had successfully applied at magistrates court for further detention of these suspects.
Police must apply for a warrant from a magistrate to detain people without charge for more than 36 hours, but can apply for extensions up to 96 hours.
A ninth person, a woman, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of assisting an offender in a raid at a house in Birmingham.
Police have said four of the suspects are being detained on suspicion of murder of Craig and the attempted murder of his father, while the others are being questioned over assisting an offender.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “In order to gain extra time to question the suspects that are in custody, officers applied to the courts for extensions to the detention time on Wednesday evening and were granted them.”
Craig was shot in the chest as he tried to fend off four masked raiders at the village post office where he lived and worked alongside his parents, Ken and Judy, both 56.
Mr Hodson-Walker had recently become engaged to teaching assistant Lisa Bundy, from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, who described her fiance as her “soulmate and best friend”.
The Post Office has offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Mr Hodson-Walker’s killers.
More than 100 officers were involved in raids on homes across the city throughout Tuesday.
Two uniformed police officers were guarding a cordoned-off property in Elmay Road, Sheldon. While at an address in Shirley, Solihull, neighbours said police sawed through the front door to gain entry.