Police in Birmingham are looking for witnesses after an east London businessman died from a shotgun wound to the neck after a “targeted” raid on his company premises.

Witness have told the police that father-of-four Akhtar Javeed, 56, was taken away and “executed” leaving staff, who were on the premises “traumatised”.

Detectives are keen to track down a taxi driver who might have seen the getaway car which took two masked men from Direct Source 3 Ltd in Digbeth on Wednesday (February 3).

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service is examining bullets found at the scene but the gun is not linked to any other crime.

Acting Det Chief Insp Martin Slevin, from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “This is a fast paced inquiry as we continue to piece together the circumstances that led to Mr Javeed’s death.”

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Mr Javeed’s family have paid tribute to him describing him as “an honest man who valued his family more than anything else.”

They added: “Please help bring closure to our family and justice for him. He was cruelly taken away from us and his young children who will now have to grow up without their father.”

Syed Abbas, 30, lives at in West Ham in a property which Mr Javeed owned and lived in during part of the week with his wife, two young children and a grown-up daughter.

Mr Abbas said: “Within 15 minutes of finding out his whole family went to Birmingham. They were crying and very upset. He was a very nice man - it has come as a big shock.”

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