Two younger youngsters are among the many six individuals who have been arrested on suspicion of homicide after a 14-year-old boy was chased and stabbed to loss of life earlier this week.
West Midlands Police mentioned the suspects had been all detained inside the house of some hours on Tuesday afternoon, with two suspects present in a car in Cheshire.
It’s thought that the sufferer, who has not but been formally recognized, was chased within the Kingstanding space of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on Monday earlier than being stabbed.
A 33-year-old man was arrested from an handle in Kingstanding at 3.35pm adopted by a 13-year-old boy who was detained within the Walsall space.
The power mentioned that one other man aged 38 and a 14-year-old boy had been arrested from a car in Cheshire whereas two males, aged 36 and 35, surrendered to separate police stations within the West Midlands.
All six suspects stay in police custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Stu Mobberley, who’s main the homicide investigation, described the arrests as a “important step ahead” within the case.
“Our officers have executed a collection of warrants within the area and we have labored with police forces exterior the realm to apprehend suspects,” Mr Mobberley mentioned.
“We’re nonetheless chatting with witnesses and really want to listen to from anybody who has seen or heard one thing, even when they suppose we could already know or they don’t seem to be positive how vital it’s.”
He added: “We’re conscious of many alternative rumours circulating concerning the motive for the homicide however we’re protecting an open thoughts and pursuing all strains of enquiry. We ask folks to not speculate on social media.”
Officers have beforehand recommended that there’s “nothing to recommend” the stabbing was racially-motivated, though West Midlands Police says it’s “protecting an open thoughts” concerning the motive for the assault.
The power has additionally voluntarily referred the case to the Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) after “taking a look at earlier incidents involving the sufferer”.
A autopsy examination confirmed that the teenage boy died from a stab wound to the chest, the power added.
Jack Dromey, the Labour MP for the Birmingham Erdington constituency the place the stabbing occurred, mentioned on Tuesday that he was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the information as he known as for a “renewed concentrate on the rising drawback of knife crime” within the metropolis.
“We’re dropping too many lives to violent crime and we should guarantee these accountable are delivered to justice, however we additionally have to deal with the basis causes of those incidents of appalling violence which can be blighting native committees,” Mr Dromey mentioned in a press release.
Police have urged anybody with data on the assault to come back ahead by getting in contact by way of Dwell Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, or anonymously by way of Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Further reporting by PA