A teenager has died after being stabbed near a park in Small Heath, Birmingham.

The boy, aged 16, was found critically injured with stab wounds at Herbert Road in Small Heath, near Sara Park.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at around 8pm last night.

A 15-year-old boy was treated at the scene for minor injuries after being assaulted.

A murder investigation has been launched by West Midlands Police in the aftermath of the stabbing.

City councillor Zaheer Khan, whose Small Heath ward borders the scene, said the boy’s death represented “another victim of knife crime”, and was a “tragic loss”.

“Last summer, we had a spate of stabbings and murders in Small Heath,” he said.

“Personally, since those incidents, I have written to police several times about a lack of visible police presence.

“I feel that lack of police resources means people believe they can do whatever they want.”

A cordon has been put in place as police enquiries are carried out in the area.

Yasmin Akhtar, a 44-year-old support worker who lives locally and has a 10-year-old son, said she feared for his safety.

She said: “I have a son and I really fear what is going to happen to him.

“Last week, we had that young lad who died at Joseph Chamberlain (College), and another stabbing up the road. It’s a joke.

“Is it safe where we’re living? It’s such a shame.”

Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster, from the force’s homicide team, said: “The investigation is in its early stages and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in Herbert Road or Sara Park at just before 8pm last night.

“A teenager has sadly lost his life and another was assaulted, we are working hard to establish the circumstances around what happened.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, quoting log number 2202 of 20/2/19.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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