Floral tributes to a sub-postmaster’s son who was killed during an armed robbery continued to pour in yesterday as detectives pledged a “relentless” investigation into the murder.
Craig Hodson-Walker was shot in the chest on Friday morning as he tried to fend off four masked raiders at Fairfield Post Office and Stores in Fairfield, nearBromsgrove. The 29-year-old lived and worked at the village Post Office alongside his parents, Ken and Judy, both 56. His father remains in a stable condition in hospital following surgery after he was shot in the leg.
The gang, armed with a sledgehammer and a handgun, remained at large yesterday as forensic experts continued their work at the scene.
Detective Superintendent Jon Groves, who is leading the investigation, said: “We have several important lines of inquiry that we are progressing and we will be relentless in our efforts to identify those responsible for Craig’s death and for injuring his father, Ken Hodson-Walker.”
He added: “We are very pleased with the response so far but I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that people continue to come forward with information - no matter how insignificant it seems.”
Police issued a fresh appeal for anyone who may have seen the silver Volkswagen Golf - used by the gang in the robbery - in the south Birmingham or Solihull areas to contact them.
The vehicle was stolen on New Year’s Eve and found abandoned in a lane near the post office shortly after Mr Hodson-Walker was shot at about 8.20am on Friday. Its registration plates had been changed from GP53 FJJ to W337 DDN for the robbery. Anyone with information should contact police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.