Man arrested after Akeem Francis murder in Walsall nightclub

Detectives investigating the murder of a man at a Walsall nightclub have arrested a man.

Akeem Francis-Kerr, 29, was fatally stabbed at Valesha’s nightclub, also known locally as Colliseum, on Newport Street in the town centre just after 5am on 11 March.

Despite the efforts of medics, he was sadly pronounced dead at around 6am while being taken to hospital.

On Tuesday night, a 39-year-old man was arrested in South Yorkshire on suspicion of murder. He has been brought to the West Midlands for questioning and remains in custody today.

Akeem’s devastated family are being supported by specialist officers who are keeping them updated.

Officers are speaking to witnesses and reviewing CCTV footage from around the area.

Our neighbourhood officers are out on increased patrols to offer reassurance to people living and working in the town.


We know there have also been concerns around recent knife crime in the town and we’ve been working hard, alongside partner agencies across Walsall, to reduce the risk of violence.

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