NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a man was murdered in a Halesowen cul-de-sac.

Police swarmed the usually quiet Graham Road at around 9pm last night and found a man who had been stabbed dying in a property.

People living in the road said the semi was home to a couple in their forties with a teenage daughter, who had lived in the street for around ten years.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said her son attended nursery with the couple’s daughter, who is now around 13.

She said: “They were friendly and seemed very normal, nice people, an average working class family.

“We would exchange friendly hellos because our children knew each other.

“It’s shocking - it’s a quiet little culdesac where not a lot happens.”

The woman said her husband heard banging and shortly afterwards police and ambulances descended on the scene and she saw a man with blood down the back of his T-shirt being led away in handcuffs.

Gilbert Morgan, aged 84, said he also knew the couple who lived in the property.

He said: “We never had any trouble before.

“They would speak to you.

“They were nice to talk to.”

Police, who were called to reports of a disturbance, said there was a fight and the door of the property had been forced open.

Ambulance staff attended but the man could not be saved and he died as a result of his injuries. His family have been informed.

Two men were arrested from the house, a 49-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of murder, whilst a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of using violence to secure entry to a premises.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones, from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, said: "A man has lost his life in what appears to be an argument amongst people known to one another at the home of one of the men.

"The address has been sealed off and will be the subject of extensive forensic work today to determine further detail of exactly what happened last night.

"We urge anyone who knows anything that may help our investigation to come forward at their earliest opportunity."

To speak to detectives investigating the man's death call Force CID at Bloxwich on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.