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Suspect held following pub murder.

POLICE investigating the murder of a man stabbed to death outside a Birmingham pub have today arrested a suspect.

Detectives swooped on a house in Harborne at 6am today to arrest John Anthony Leeson, 43, as part of their inquiry into the death of Andrew Rowley.

Father-of-five Mr Rowley, a 38-year-old labourer, was standing outside the Bugle Horn pub, in Frankley, when he was knifed once in the chest.

Fellow drinkers at the pub, which had been hosting a wake, tried to give him the kiss of life and cardiac massage but he later died in Selly Oak Hospital. Mr Rowley's heartbroken partner Julie Bishop said the family had been "dragged through hell" following his death on March 26.

West Midlands Police later named John Leeson as someone they wanted to speak and today he was being held at Bournville Lane police station.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 6, 2008
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