THREE people have been arrested on suspicion of murder as part of the on-going investigation into the disappearance of Oldbury man Surjit Takhar.

Surjit was 37 when he was reported missing by his family on October 8, 2008.

His remains were found by maintenance workers at the bottom of an embankment, next to the slip road of junction 4 of the M54, in Telford, on August 20, 2015.

Two men aged, 50 and 47, and a 48-year-old woman were arrested this morning (Tuesday, December 5) from separate addresses in Handsworth and remain in police custody.

Searches are currently being carried out at properties in Handsworth and Telford.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro, from the homicide team, said: “This is a significant development in this murder enquiry.

"We are determined to get the bottom of how Surjit met his fate and I would urge anyone with information which could assist our investigation to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.