I have been in and around Birmingham for a couple of weeks. The notable presence in the area is the police. On Friday the 20th of November Inderjit Bhogal 41, described as Asian 6 ft tall left the Brasshouse pub near Brindley Square at about 10.45pm. He was later seen on CCTV near the canal. I don’t suppose for one minute he thought he was taking his last walk. The police and divers have been searching the canal and the local area ever since. Today 29/11 about mid-day his body was pulled out of the canal near Sheepcote Road Bridge. A tragic end to my short story!
What is amazing is that the body was lain just under the bridge for a couple hours before they could get a coroner and a vehicle to the scene to pronounce him dead and take him away. Whilst waiting 10 officers, of varying ranks were involved in ‘protecting’ the corpse and stopping the public from using that part of the tow path. I cannot believe that no vehicle was available. They could have gone to the nearest vehicle hire base and got suitable transport for a lot less than the cost of 10 officers for 2/3 hours.