Man arrested after East Ham businessman shot dead during robbery

Akhtar Javeed, who was shot dead in Birmingham on February 3

Akhtar Javeed, who was shot dead in Birmingham on February 3 - Credit: PA

A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of a businessman and father of four.

West Midlands Police said they arrested an 18-year-old man in Derby last night following the shooting of Akhtar Javeed, 56, who lived in Central Park Road, East Ham.

The businessman, praised as a “devoted husband and caring father” by his family, was shot in the neck and killed at his drink supplies business in Digbeth, Birmingham, on February 3 after masked robbers targeted the premises.

Det Ch Insp Martin Slevin, who is leading the investigation, said: “Extensive investigations into the death are ongoing and we are still appealing for anyone who saw a silver Renault Megane in or around that time to get in touch.

“A man has been arrested but our investigation is still in the early stages and we want to hear from anyone who has any information that could help our investigation.”

Daughter Lilas Javeed, 30, said earlier in the week that “everything has changed” since the death of her father.

“It breaks our hearts knowing that his last moments were not spent with us as they should have been.

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“Nothing will fill the hole left in our hearts. That warm, happy, and comfortable feeling we would get whenever our dad was with us will never return.”

Anyone with information which may help Det Chief Insp Martin Slevin and his team of detectives should call West Midlands Police on 101.