Solihull murders: Victim and suspect 'argued a lot', neighbour says

Lucia Binding, news reporter

A man suspected of a double murder in Solihull had "argued a lot" with one of the victims, a neighbour has said.

Police are currently searching for Janbaz Tarin, 21, over the killings of his former partner, Raneem Oudeh, 22, and her mother, Khaola Saleem, 49.

They were found with serious stab wounds in Northdown Road, Solihull, at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Neighbour Sarah Hollis described victim Ms Oudeh, who had a two-year-old son, as a "lovely woman".

"She was quiet and they argued quite a lot - near enough every day," she told Sky News.

Ms Hollis said she could sometimes hear Ms Oudeh "shouting for help" in her "constant" rows with Tarin.

"It sounded like she was getting whipped or something. You could hear the little boy crying on the balcony."

She added that Ms Oudeh would say hello to her when she was alone, but that "when she was with him [Tarin], she wouldn't speak and would put her head down."

It emerged today that a raid took place at a property in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, at 8pm on Monday night in connection with the murders.

CCTV is being examined and the area has been cordoned off.

Tarin is not the father of Ms Oudeh's son, Sky News has also learned.

Police have been searching for the suspect since the early hours of Monday morning.

Ms Hollis said the last time she saw Tarin was on Saturday, and that he "wasn't himself".

"I have spoken to him and said hello, but he was very quiet.

"But then on Saturday, when he said his van got robbed, he wasn't himself.

"He was like: 'My van's gone, my van's gone', but the keys were in his hand. I don't trust him," she continued.

Both victims are believed to have been born in Syria, while the suspect is an Afghan national believed to be legally in the UK.

The women were treated by emergency services but died at the scene.

In a statement, the victims' family said they were "devastated with the loss of our loved ones".

They said: "We would like to give thanks for all the love and support we have received.

"We kindly request that our privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Police have encouraged anyone who sees Tarin not to approach him but to call 999.

Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield said: "If there's anyone out there who may be shielding him through a sense of misguided loyalty, they need to be aware that they are committing an offence and will be prosecuted.

"My message to Tarin would be that it's vitally important that we get to speak to you as soon as possible, so please do the right thing and let us know where you are."