Suspected murder victim named as inquest into Telford death opens

A man allegedly murdered in Telford has been named as an inquest was formally opened into his death.

Westerdale Close in Doseley. Photo: Google
Westerdale Close in Doseley. Photo: Google

Paul Jeffrey Wilkins, aged 58, of King Street in Wellington, died at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on April 10, following an incident in the Doseley area of Telford five days earlier.

Senior Shropshire coroner John Ellery was told that police had been called to an incident at Westerdale Close, in Doseley, on April 5.

They found Mr Wilkins, who was a warehouse operative, requiring care and he was taken to the hospital where he died.

Mr Ellery, sitting at Shirehall in Shrewsbury on Thursday, formally adjourned the full inquest to July 21 this year.

A 44-year-old man from Telford was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder before being released on conditional bail.

West Mercia Police detectives are continuing their investigation and the suspect remains on bail.

Detective Sergeant Christopher Henry said: "Anyone who saw, captured on dash cam or CCTV, or heard anything that could assist officers is asked to please get in touch."

Speaking last week after the man had been found, a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said crews found two men at the scene.

Anyone with information can call DS Henry on 01952 214735, or email christopher.henry@westmercia.police.uk.

Alternatively, use the West Mercia Police website quoting incident 580 of April 5 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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