Crimestoppers offer reward for murder suspect

Charity puts up £5,000 reward in urgent appeal for murder suspect James Atherley.

Independent charity Crimestoppers is today offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information on the whereabouts of James Atherley, who is wanted in connection with a murder in Kingshurst, Birmingham.

Atherley (pictured) is a suspect in the murder of 20-year-old Callum Lees, from Solihull, who is believed to have been stabbed in the neck during an altercation at a house party in Hopwas Grove on Sunday August 6th. Callum was found collapsed nearby in Haselour Road shortly before 10am by a member of the public. He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

The charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of 21-year-old James Atherley.

Pauline Hadley, West Midlands Regional Manager for the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Our charity is here to give the public an avenue to pass on information about appeals such as this anonymously.

“Someone who saw this stabbing take place is likely to know James Atherley personally, and we understand passing on his details to us is a tough decision to make. But we’re here to help, to take your information without asking any of your personal details, and without you having to speak to the police or going to court. If you know where he is, please pick up the phone or visit our website, safe in the knowledge he’ll never know you spoke to us.”

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form at