Handsworth murder probe: Boy dies after street attack

Handsworth murder probe: Boy dies after street attack

A 15-year-old boy has died after being attacked in a residential street by a group of youths “armed with knives”.

Police said he was “set upon” at about 15:30 GMT on Thursday on Linwood Road, in Handsworth, Birmingham, and died from his injuries in hospital.

The attackers fled in a car which crashed into a house a short distance away, added police, who say they have since seized the vehicle.

No arrests have been made, according to the West Midlands force.

Witnesses who reported the carrying of knives to officers also said shots were heard.

“The family of the boy has had the worst shock imaginable today and we have specialist officers with them in their time of grief,” said Det Ch Insp Alastair Orencas, who is leading the murder inquiry.

“This level of violence in broad daylight on a residential street is inconceivable, let alone the fact the target was a 15-year-old boy.

“We are leaving no stone unturned in our search for those responsible and I ask anyone who knows who [the attackers] are to contact us.”

Meanwhile, detectives are examining the white car they believe to be the getaway vehicle which crashed into a house on Wheeler Street.

Police have not disclosed the nature of the victim’s injuries and say that before a post-mortem examination takes place, they are unable to say how he died.

CCTV footage has been seized and the area is cordoned off while investigations continue.

Local Labour MP, Khalid Mahmood, described the boy’s death as “extremely tragic” and “a needless thing to have happened”.

He said: “We must work with police as much as we can to stop this happening again.”

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