Hereford & Worcester

Police try to identify M42 victim

CCTV image of a man killed by a lorry on the M42 Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Posters featuring the man's photo are being distributed in Birmingham

Police have launched a fresh appeal to try to identify a man who was killed on the M42 motorway in Worcestershire.

The pedestrian, believed to be in his 40s, was hit by a lorry between Junctions 2 and 3, near Alvechurch, on 16 December.

West Mercia Police said despite numerous inquiries and the release of CCTV images they have been unable to identify the man.

Officers said he is thought to have had links with Birmingham.

Posters with the man's photo are being circulated in the Sparkhill and Acocks Green areas of the city.

They said the man is believed to have tried to sign on as a patient at a medical practice in Birmingham, although he failed to turn up for an appointment. He told staff he was born in France and spoke Arabic.

PC Andy Mackellar, of the Central Motorway Police Group, said the man may have been staying in a hostel in the city.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned by the Worcestershire Coroner.

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