Teenager, 17, dies of stab wounds after Ford Focus ‘that was racing him to hospital’ crashed


Teenager, 17, dies of stab wounds after Ford Focus ‘that was racing him to hospital’ crashed as police arrest 18-year-old for murder over attack in shop

  • West Midlands Police said the boy was found with stab wounds next to a crashed Ford Focus in Heath Street, Smethwick on Saturday afternoon
  • He was rushed to Queen Elizabeth hospital but died of his injuries shortly after
  • An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody 
  • Police are appealing for any witnesses of either the stabbing or the crash to contact them 

A teenager has died from his injuries after being stabbed multiple times in a Birmingham shop.

Bystanders reportedly rushed the 17-year-old to hospital but the car he was travelling in crashed en route.

The boy was found with stab wounds next to a crashed Ford Focus in Heath Street, Smethwick at around 4.20pm on Saturday, West Midlands Police said.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital but pronounced dead around an hour later. 

An 18-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder over the knife attack, which police said occurred just five to 10 minutes before the boy was found. 

A teenager has died from his injuries after being stabbed multiple times in a Birmingham shop. Bystanders reportedly rushed the 17-year-old to hospital but the car he was travelling in crashed en route

The boy was found with stab wounds next to a crashed Ford Focus in Heath Street, Smethwick at around 4.20pm on Saturday, West Midlands Police said

The boy was found with stab wounds next to a crashed Ford Focus in Heath Street, Smethwick at around 4.20pm on Saturday, West Midlands Police said

The victim was chased into a Polish convenience shop in Waterloo Road named before being attacked with a knife

The victim was chased into a Polish convenience shop in Waterloo Road named before being attacked with a knife

The shop was cordoned off on Sunday while forensic teams investigated the scene of the fatal stabbing

The shop was cordoned off on Sunday while forensic teams investigated the scene of the fatal stabbing

The victim was chased into a Polish convenience shop in Waterloo Road named before being attacked with a knife. 

The shop was cordoned off on Sunday while forensic teams investigated the scene. 

A friend of the shop’s owner told Snapper SK agency that ‘two lads’ had come into the shop and stabbed the 17-year-old in the neck.

A tent was also placed around the vehicle at the crash site, where a bloodied towel and item of clothing were seen in photos.

The white Ford Focus reportedly crashed into a Toyota Yaris and a sprinter van at the junction of Winson Street and Heath Street in Winson Green.

The force of the collision totally ripped out one of the tyres, disabling the vehicle. 

A tent was placed around the vehicle at the crash site as forensic investigators began to examine the scene

A tent was placed around the vehicle at the crash site as forensic investigators began to examine the scene

The white Ford Focus reportedly crashed into a Toyota Yaris and a sprinter van at the junction of Winson Street and Heath Street in Winson Green. The force of the collision totally ripped out one of the tyres, disabling the vehicle

The white Ford Focus reportedly crashed into a Toyota Yaris and a sprinter van at the junction of Winson Street and Heath Street in Winson Green. The force of the collision totally ripped out one of the tyres, disabling the vehicle

A suspect in the stabbing was identified and just before 2am officers arrested a man from a property in Smethwick, West Midlands Police said in a statement. The man remains in custody.

‘This is a tragic loss of a young life and my thoughts are with the boy’s family who are clearly devastated at what’s happened,’ Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse said.

‘We understand the victim was stabbed in Waterloo Road but then transported in a white Ford Focus that crashed on Heath Street.

‘Several people fled the scene of the collision and we are working hard to try and identify everyone involved.        

‘My officers worked through the night and this morning to seize CCTV, speak to witnesses and gather intelligence. And that led us to the address in Smethwick where a suspect was arrested.’ 

DI Whitehouse has appealed for any witnesses who might have seen the victim being chased in Waterloo Road or the victim or attacker leaving that location to contact police. Police also want to hear from anyone who saw the collision in Heath Street and what happened afterwards. Pictured: Officials cover potential evidence found at the crash site

DI Whitehouse has appealed for any witnesses who might have seen the victim being chased in Waterloo Road or the victim or attacker leaving that location to contact police. Police also want to hear from anyone who saw the collision in Heath Street and what happened afterwards. Pictured: Officials cover potential evidence found at the crash site

A bloodied towel and item of clothing are seen at the crash site before being covered

A bloodied towel and item of clothing are seen at the crash site before being covered

DI Whitehouse has appealed for any witnesses who might have seen the victim being chased in Waterloo Road or the victim or attacker leaving that location to contact police.

Police also want to hear from anyone who saw the collision in Heath Street and what happened afterwards.  

‘If anyone captured video on phones or dash-cam then I would also urge them to get in touch as they could have vital information.’

People can message West Midlands Police on Live Chat via the website or call them on 101, quoting crime ref 20/549867/21.    

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