Police Given More Stop And Search Powers After Third Teen Death In Birmingham

26 February 2019, 05:41 | Updated: 26 February 2019, 05:45


A murder investigation is under way after a boy believed to be aged 17 became the third teenager in a fortnight to be stabbed to death in Birmingham.

The youngster was pronounced dead at the scene in Bordesley Green shortly after 2pm on Monday, West Midlands Police said.

Officers said the victim was found seriously injured in Norwood Road and was pronounced dead despite efforts by emergency crews to save him.

West Midlands Police said in a statement: "The investigation is at an early stage and no arrests have yet been made.

"Officers are speaking to witnesses and identifying CCTV. The scene remains sealed off this evening.

"Officers will also be using Section 60 powers, giving them the ability to stop and search people without reasonable grounds where they believe there to be a risk of violence."

Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor in Greater Manchester who oversaw the Rochdale child sex abuse case, said the victim was one of his relatives.

He tweeted: "Sadly, my sister-in-laws nephew,18, was stabbed to death today in Birmingham With Brexit: is anyone paying attention to double figure murders in Bham this yr London is much safer proportionately Where's the outrage? Why do our children have to die?"

So far in 2019, West Midlands Police are believed to have launched seven confirmed murder investigations in the force area.

The latest offence occurred five days after 16-year-old Abdullah Muhammad was discovered fatally wounded near a park in Small Heath.

Another teenager, Sidali Mohamed, also 16, died in hospital on February 15 after being attacked outside a college in Balsall Heath.