A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 16-year-old boy in Sutton Coldfield yesterday afternoon (17 May).
The teenager handed himself into a police station in the early hours of this morning (18 May) and remains in police custody.
Officers were called after the victim was found injured following a disorder in Lower Parade at around 3.30pm.
Despite the best efforts of emergency services the boy was confirmed dead at the scene. The area remains sealed off for investigations to be carried out this morning.
Several people were seen fleeing the area after the disorder and officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything to come forward.
Officers are viewing CCTV and speaking to potential witnesses in the area. Extra reassurance patrols will be taking place in the town centre.
ACC Alex Murray said:
“This is a tragic set of circumstances and our thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of everyone in the community, are with the boy’s family at this truly devastating time.
“A dedicated team of homicide detectives has worked non-stop on the investigation since yesterday and has made good progress.
“We understand the concerns that people living in Sutton Coldfield, and beyond, will have as a result of the tragedy that has unfolded. I’d encourage anyone with information to get in touch with the officers as soon as possible.
“West Midlands Police treats violent crime very seriously. We work very closely with partners, including public health and the Police and Crime Commissioner, to reduce its impact.
“We are working to deter young people from carrying knives through our Precious Lives project. Hundreds of thousands of school pupils have now seen the hard-hitting presentation which is designed to steer them away from knife crime. But this initiative is not enough on its own.
“We need parents, community leaders, schools and young people themselves to pass the message that it is never ok to carry or use a knife.”
Call 101 with information, or Crimestoppers anonymously