Boy, 15, arrested after teenager stabbed in ‘isolated incident’ in city center


Boy, 15, arrested after teenager stabbed in ‘isolated incident’ in city center
The scene in Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK

West Midlands Police officers were called to Priory Queensway in Birmingham around 3.30pm after reports of violence involving a number of people.

It is believed one carried a machete and a 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital with stab wounds that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers are watching CCTV footage to find those responsible, but have said they believe it is an isolated incident.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as West Midlands Police detectives work to identify others involved in the violence, and remains in custody for questioning.

The area around Priory Queensway was closed in both directions and traffic was queuing from Colmore Plaza to Old Square.

National Express bus services were diverted due to the incident, and company representatives were stationed in Priory Queensway to divert people waiting for their buses.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We are investigating after a teenager was stabbed in the center of Birmingham this afternoon.

“We were called to Priory Queensway just after 3.30pm to report violence involving a number of people.

“It is believed that one carried a machete and a 16-year-old boy was brought to the hospital with stab wounds which are not believed to be life threatening.

“The officers have already reviewed CCTV and are immediately trying to identify and arrest the suspects.

“At this stage, it is believed to be an isolated incident involving people who were known to each other without any broader threat to the public.

“We will remain on site tonight while the investigation continues.

“Contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, indicating log 2623.”

That Sgt Laurence Green said: “The area was really busy with shoppers at the time and we know that hundreds of people in the area at that time saw what was happening.

“I would like to ask anyone who has not yet spoken to us to contact us via Live Chat on our website or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been asked for further information.