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Birmingham: Boy, 17, stabbed to death as teen arrested for murder

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Crime scene investigators at the scene (Picture: Anita Maric / SWNS)

A murder investigation is underway after a teenage boy was fatally stabbed in Birmingham.

The victim, 17, was knifed in a shop on Waterloo Road, Smethwick, then put in a car and driven a short distance before it crashed yesterday afternoon, police said. He was then taken to hospital where he died an hour later.

This morning an 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned in custody.

Detective inspector Hannah Whitehouse of West Midlands Police’s homicide unit said: ‘This is a tragic loss of a young life and my thoughts are with the boy’s family who are clearly devastated at what’s happened.

‘We understand the victim was stabbed in Waterloo Road but then transported in a white Ford Focus that crashed in Heath Street.

‘Several people fled the scene of the collision and we are working hard to try and identify everyone involved.

‘My officers worked through the night and this morning to seize CCTV, speak to witnesses and gather intelligence. That led us to the address in Smethwick where a suspect was arrested.’

Flowers have been left by a shop in Waterloo Road, Smethwick, where investigations are ongoing (Picture: Anita Maric / SWNS)

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: ‘We’ve arrested a teenager on suspicion of murder after a boy was fatally wounded during a knife attack.

‘The 18-year-old was detained in the early hours of this morning (May 2) at an address in Smethwick.’

The victim, who has not been named, was found with fatal knife wounds near a crashed white Ford Focus in the Smethwick area of the city. The car crashed in Heath Street, Smethwick, at around 4.20pm on May 1.

The spokesperson added: ‘It’s understood that five to 10 minutes before, at around 4.10pm, the victim was chased into a shop in Waterloo Road, Smethwick, and attacked with a knife.’

A passer-by peers into the police cordon which has been set up around the Nowa Polka store (Picture: Anita Maric / SWNS)

Ms Whitehouse said: ‘I really need to hear from any witnesses who saw the victim being chased in Waterloo Road or him and the attacker leaving that location, plus anyone who saw the collision in Heath Street and what happened afterwards.

‘If anyone captured video on phones or dash-cam then I would also urge them to get in touch as they could have vital information.’

Witnesses can call the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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