Birmingham Stabbing: Police Launch Investigation After Boy 16, Dies
21 February 2019 International News
A 16-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in a park in Birmingham.
He was found in Sara Park, Small Heath, at about 20:00 GMT on Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene.
Another boy, 15, suffered minor injuries during an assault at the park in Herbert Road, West Midlands Police said.
A murder investigation is under way but no arrests have been made. The boy is the second teenager to be stabbed to death in the city in a week.
The latest fatal attack came seven days after Mohammed Sidali, 16, was stabbed outside Joseph Chamberlain College in Highgate.
Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips said she wanted an emergency meeting with Home Secretary Sajid Javid to discuss the spate of knife crime.
The park has been cordoned off and forensic officers are at the scene.
Councillor Zaheer Khan, whose Small Heath ward borders the area, said the boy’s “tragic” death represented “another victim of knife crime”.
He added: “I feel that lack of police resources means people believe they can do whatever they want.”
Mark Crooke, the chairman of Pritchett Tower residents’ association, said: “Today is a sad day because of the young man losing his life. People are feeling very vulnerable and scared.
“People that live in this area are becoming very scared and a lot of people want to leave.”
Just two streets away from the park, in Coventry Road, a 22-year-old man suffered stab wounds to his back on Monday. The stabbings are not thought to be linked.
Police said the man’s condition was not life-threatening and an 18-year-old arrested on suspicion of wounding had been released pending further inquiries.