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16 September 2013, 14:29
A major police investigation is underway in Birmingham after a 16-year-old lad died after being stabbed.
Police were alerted to the stabbing on Hayfield Road at the junction of Yardley Wood Road in Moseley at 8.33am on Monday 16 September following a call from the ambulance service. Initial reports said that a lad was collapsed in the street.
Officers were immediately dispatched and were at the scene two minutes later.
The lad was taken to hospital by land ambulance with critical condition but died from his injuries despite the best efforts of medics.
The motive for the attack remains unclear although initial inquiries suggest that this was a dispute between two teens and not a random attack.
Detectives are utilising the skills of officers and staff from a range of departments from across the force as part of the investigation and officers are now actively looking for the teen's attacker.
It is thought that the young man, who is not being named at this time, had just got off the number 2 bus. It is unclear at this time whether the lad was attacked in the street or on the bus.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was travelling on the bus to contact them immediately.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Wallis, who is leading the investigation, said: "A murder investigation has today been launched following a stabbing in which a young man has needlessly lost his life.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased and specially trained family liaison officers are supporting them during this very difficult time.
"We're working hard to understand the precise circumstances surrounding the attack. At this time it is unclear if the attack happened on the bus or in the street. Because of this I need anyone who was on the number 2 bus this morning around Yardley Wood Road to contact me immediately.
"We are committed to finding the person or people responsible and bringing them before the courts."
Detectives are speaking to a number of witnesses and locating CCTV which may have captured the attack on camera. Forensic enquiries are well underway.
Officers have increased patrols in the area of the attack and at the college to reassure those who may be worried by the crime.
The lad's next of kin have been informed and a post mortem will be conducted in due course.
Yardley Wood Road has been closed between Wake Green Road and St Agnes Road, while enquiries continue. The road is likely to remain closed for most of the day and drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area to prevent disruption to their journeys.
Anyone with any information in relation to the crime should call Force CID on 101. People who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.