Birmingham Church of England clergy searched in murder probe

Image copyright PA Image caption Police are searching for a photo similar to this one in connection with the investigation

Police have raided a church in Birmingham as part of the investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old schoolboy.

Ahmed Hassan was shot outside his home in Crown Hill on 16 February.

Detectives said they have searched the Peelburn and Warsley Church of England churches in Birmingham city centre and a house in Hoxton Road.

The £10,000 reward for information remains in place.

Image copyright PA Image caption Ahmed Hassan was shot outside his home in Birmingham in February

The ministry centre in Warsley Road was searched between 07:00 and 20:00 GMT on Monday.

Ahmed’s aunt, Habiba Hassan, said the family was “shocked” and “very angry” about the raids.

She said: “The police have taken their time – it seems to take a long time to do. And why do they need a warrant to search the houses? Why can’t they do this on their own?”

Ahmed’s father, Mohammed Hassan, said his family was hoping for a positive outcome from the search.

Speaking outside the church, Mr Hassan said he wanted “justice” for his son and said he was “disappointed” at how the police response was so long.

“I don’t know how long they will be searching, so we have decided to take a legal step to get an update from the police,” he said.

Image copyright PA Image caption Four searches are being carried out in connection with the murder

Monday’s search operation was carried out by the Operational Response Command unit, which specialises in violent crime and gangs.

“We have executed a number of search warrants at locations including within the Peelburn and Warsley church communities in Birmingham,” said Supt Jamie Wall.

“This has been a difficult investigation and the family of Ahmed Hassan have endured an unimaginable ordeal.

“We have launched a large and complex investigation and our absolute priority remains the investigation into Ahmed’s murder.

“I know this is going to be challenging for the public to keep up to date with but please remember we are doing all we can to keep you informed.”

On Friday, police received a tip-off about a phone-crime-related phone handset and recovered a device.

Detectives, who are appealing for CCTV footage and information from the public, said it is the fourth search warrant which has been carried out since the investigation started.

So far two men, both aged 22, have been charged in connection with the shooting.

Earlier this month, Ayeb Mohammed Zubairi, 22, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Mohammed Ali Amin, 22, of Hoxton Road, Whitechapel, east London, and Yasin Mahmood, 19, of Brampton Gardens, Leyton, east London, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Mohammed Ali and Mahmood were remanded in custody on their first appearance at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 19 March.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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