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Second man is charged over murder of Kinky Boots star's brother and his friend who were shot dead


Police have charged a second person over the shooting of two men who were found dead in a car park in the West Midlands.

Richard Avery, 33, was arrested on Tuesday for conspiracy to murder William Henry, 31 – brother of MBE-winning West End star Matt Henry – and Brian McIntosh, 29.

The men were discovered in a Range Rover in Brierley Hill, near Dudley in the West Midlands on September 30.

Avery was also charged with perverting the course of justice and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today.

Earlier this month, 32-year-old Jonathan Houseman – the director of a skip and grab hire company from Stourbridge – was charged with the murder and appeared in court. 

He spoke to give his name and date of birth. 

Houseman described himself as being of no fixed abode. The hearing was initially interrupted after a dispute arose over which solicitor was representing him.

Will Henry's family described him as 'the light of our lives' while Brian McIntosh's relatives said they were 'absolutely devastated and heartbroken'. The two men are pictured together

Will Henry’s family described him as ‘the light of our lives’ while Brian McIntosh’s relatives said they were ‘absolutely devastated and heartbroken’. The two men are pictured together

Jonathan Houseman, 32, has been charged with two counts of murder after the bodies of two men were found in a car park in the West Midlands

Jonathan Houseman, 32, has been charged with two counts of murder after the bodies of two men were found in a car park in the West Midlands

An aerial view of the industrial estate at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands on October 1

An aerial view of the industrial estate at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands on October 1

Police launched a murder probe after the shooting in Brierley Hill (pictured on October 1)

Police launched a murder probe after the shooting in Brierley Hill (pictured on October 1)

A police spokesperson today said: ‘We’ve charged a man with conspiracy to murder two men who were found shot dead in a car in Dudley last month.

‘Richard Avery, aged 33 of no fixed address, is also accused of perverting the course of justice, and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today.

‘He was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the deaths of William Henry, aged 31, and Brian McIntosh, aged 29, both from Bartley Green.

‘They were found dead in a car off Moor Street at 3.30pm on Wednesday 30 September. 

‘Jonathan Houseman, aged 32 of Quarry Park Road, Stourbridge, was charged with murder earlier this month and has been remanded in custody by the courts.

‘The victims’ families have been updated with news of the latest charges, and we continue to support them at this tragic time.’

West End star Matt Henry won the best actor in a musical award for Kinky Boots at the 2016 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House

West End star Matt Henry won the best actor in a musical award for Kinky Boots at the 2016 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House

The victims, from Bartley Green, Birmingham, were shot in the chest in Brierley Hill. A post-mortem revealed both died from gunshot wounds.

Mr Henry’s brother Matt, 41 – who has appeared in Saturday Night Fever, Avenue Q and Kinky Boots on stage in London – was said to be ‘devastated’ by the death. 

Mr Henry’s family described him as ‘the light of our lives’ while Mr McIntosh’s relatives said they were ‘absolutely devastated and heartbroken’. 

Mr Henry’s family remembered him as a much-loved father, son, brother, uncle, partner and friend. In a tribute, they said: ‘He was loving and caring and always thought of others before himself.

‘He was the light of our lives, his death has left a huge void in our lives. We would like to express our thanks to the kind words and love shown from extended family and friends.’

Mr McIntosh was described as a much-loved son, a devoted partner and a doting father to his two sons. He was also a loving brother to his three sisters and three brothers.

The tribute from his family added: ‘He was loved dearly by his whole family – nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles and cousins.

‘There will be a big hole left in all of our hearts. As a family we are all absolutely devastated and heartbroken.’ 

Officers launched a murder probe after the men were discovered just before 3.30pm on Wednesday. It is thought the victims were killed shortly after 1pm. 

Mr McIntosh ran a waste management firm in Birmingham called Mak Waste, which is based 11 miles away from Albion Works where the shooting took place.

West End star Matt Henry (far left) with his brother Will Henry (second left, circled), who was shot dead in a Range Rover on an industrial state

West End star Matt Henry (far left) with his brother Will Henry (second left, circled), who was shot dead in a Range Rover on an industrial state

Will Henry, 31

Brian McIntosh, 29

Brian McIntosh (right), 29, and Will Henry (left), 31, were both found shot in the chest in a ‘gangland-style’ execution in Brierley Hill, near Dudley in the West Midlandson September 30

In August 2019, Mak Waste was fined £18,000 and Mr McIntosh was given a ten-month suspended prison sentence for his involvement in a 2,000-tonne rubbish pile in Dudley being abandoned.

He had admitted failing to comply with the conditions of a permit on the site and not actioning compliance requests made by Environment Agency officers.

The gates of Mr McIntosh’s large family home were covered in flowers as friends paid their respects to him.

One friend had tied a pair of Reebok boxing gloves to the iron gates with each glove bearing a message for the deceased.

The gates of Mr McIntosh's large family home in the Woodgate area of west Birmingham were covered in flowers as friends paid their respects to him

The gates of Mr McIntosh’s large family home in the Woodgate area of west Birmingham were covered in flowers as friends paid their respects to him

A friend tied a pair of boxing gloves to the gates of Mr McIntosh's home last Friday with each glove bearing a message for the deceased. While one referred to sparring with Mr McIntosh, the other read: 'To Will, RIP. Sorry you are gone. My thoughts are with you and your family'

A friend tied a pair of boxing gloves to the gates of Mr McIntosh’s home last Friday with each glove bearing a message for the deceased. While one referred to sparring with Mr McIntosh, the other read: ‘To Will, RIP. Sorry you are gone. My thoughts are with you and your family’

While one referred to sparring with Mr McIntosh, the other read: ‘To Will, RIP. Sorry you are gone. My thoughts are with you and your family.’

Another bunch of flowers contained a message reading: ‘Brian and Will, my heart is broken hearing the news of your passing. I will miss you both so much. Thank you for everything that you did for me. My heart is numb. RIP.’ 

‘He will be really missed,’ said one of those who had come to pay their respects.

At Mr Henry’s former first-floor flat in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, residents were shocked to hear of his murder.

One young man said: ‘He moved out a year ago now and I didn’t know him on a personal level but from what I saw of him as a neighbour he seemed a lovely bloke. I haven’t got a bad word to say about him. 

‘He was down to earth, he’d always say hello, just a really friendly face and a great neighbour to have. I feel totally sad and stunned that he has been shot.’ 

One bunch of flowers outside Mr McIntosh's home last Friday contained a message reading: 'Brian and Will, my heart is broken hearing the news of your passing. I will miss you both so much. Thank you for everything that you did for me. My heart is numb. RIP'

One bunch of flowers outside Mr McIntosh’s home last Friday contained a message reading: ‘Brian and Will, my heart is broken hearing the news of your passing. I will miss you both so much. Thank you for everything that you did for me. My heart is numb. RIP’

Another young mother who lived in the council block added: ‘That’s so horrible. He was just a young man with a big smile on his face, a decent neighbour to have.’

Houseman was detained after a vehicle was stopped in Carnforth at about 11.30am on Thursday and was taken to a custody facility for questioning.

The car the men were in was parked outside units off Moor Street, and the area was sealed off while forensic investigations were carried out.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it had been called to the scene at 3.30pm on September 30, sending an ambulance and paramedics. 

At Mr Henry's family home in Birmingham earlier this month, a succession of visitors arrived at the semi-detached property with flowers for his heartbroken mother Edris

At Mr Henry’s family home in Birmingham earlier this month, a succession of visitors arrived at the semi-detached property with flowers for his heartbroken mother Edris

A spokesman earlier said: ‘On arrival, crews discovered two male patients, both of whom were inside a car. It is believed they had been there for some time.

‘Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save either of them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.’ 

Residents living in the area around the Albion Works industrial estate said they heard nothing untoward that afternoon.

A police van at an entrance to Albion Works industrial estate in Brierley Hill last Thursday

A police van at an entrance to Albion Works industrial estate in Brierley Hill last Thursday

The site is fringed by another industrial park, a canal, a disused railway line and a footpath linking Moor Street to a nearby housing estate.

A police van blocked the single entrance to Albion Works last Thursday, moving only to allow access to other police vehicles, including a forensics unit.

A man who lives near the site said: ‘The police were cordoning off the path when I got home from work but my dad was in all day and he heard nothing. 

‘You can see the back of the industrial estate from the path. There’s units and a scrapyard-type thing at the back there.’ 

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