Daughter Of Firework Murder Victim Makes Plea For Information As Police Offer £10K Reward

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Fire damage in the home of Anthony Nicholls.

The daughter of a man murdered by a huge firework made an emotional plea for information as Crimestoppers offered a £10,000 reward to catch the killers.

Fiona Nicholls, 35, told how her father Anthony, 56, was enjoying a Chinese takeaway when thugs shoved a £130 Colossus Finale firework through his letterbox.

The lit firework triggered 200 explosions and the £150,000 property in Tile Cross, Birmingham was engulfed in flames shortly after 11.20pm on November 2.

Mr Nicholls, a former Land Rover worker, was rushed to hospital with 60 per cent burns and placed in an induced coma, but passed away five days later.

Facebook picture of Anthony Nicholls

His partner Marie Jones, 50, who leapt from a first floor winder, has been released from hospital after suffering life-changing injuries and fractures to her lower limbs.

Speaking at West Midlands Police’s Lloyd House headquarters in Birmingham on Monday (13/11), Fiona made a heartfelt plea for witnesses to come forward.

Fire damage in the home of Anthony Nicholls.

She said: “It’s horrendous what happened to my dad. Words can’t describe how me and my family are feeling.

“My dad made no enemies.

“He was hard working, he was a funny man.

“I just want someone to come forward and give any information whatsoever, please.”

Independent charity Crimestoppers are now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the father’s killers.

Police officers at the scene of the arson attack at 6 Birchtrees Drive, Birmingham.

Detective Inspector Paul Joyce said: “This investigation centres around what I would describe as a cowardly attack on a couple in their own home on November 2.

“Around 11.20pm a group of men have burst into a house in the Tile Cross area of Birmingham and they have been placed what can only be described as an industrial firework within the hallway and living room of that house.

“The firework was lit, and it has caused a fairly substantial fire within the property.

“The two occupants had to flee for their safety.

“The first had to jump out of an upstairs window and [that] has resulted in her injuring her legs in quite a substantial way.

“The second occupant has unfortunately since died as a result of the incident.

“It’s my belief – strong belief – that the answer to this investigation lie within the local community, and I would urge anyone to come forward, talk to us and tell us what they know.”

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