Two men suffered serious stab wounds when, it appears, they tried to stop trouble and assist a group of youths being chased by another group in West Heath on Saturday.

WMP press release in full:

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a father and son were seriously injured following an incident in Birmingham on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called to Alvechurch Road, West Heath at 9.53pm on Saturday 21 May after an 18-year-old man and his 53-year-old father had both suffered serious stab injuries.

It appears both had come to the aid of one group of youths being chased by a second group of youths in Alvechurch Road. In trying to intervene both men sustained stab wounds. The offenders fled the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any knowledge of the incident to contact them.

Neighbourhood Inspector for West Heath, Vanessa Eyles, said: “This is a horrific, unprovoked attack on a public-spirited father and son who were trying to stop trouble.

“Our thoughts are with their family at this time. We would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

The 18-year-old remains in a critical condition in hospital. His father remains in a stable condition.

A 15-year-old youth from Northfield has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Update: 7.30pm 23rd May 2011

West Midlands Police have named the injured men as Martin Thompson, 53, and Edward Thompson, 18. Martin Thompson has been released from hospital today, but his 18 year old son, Edward, remains in hospital in a ‘serious but stable condition.’

Superintendent Jo Smallwood, who is responsible for policing in the area, said: “This is a very serious crime which is being investigated by detectives from Force CID and supported by local officers who are offering reassurance to a shocked local community.

“We continue to support the family at this difficult time and would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

A 15 year old boy from Northfield remains in police custody.

Police urge anyone with any information who has not yet contacted them to call Bournville police station on 0345 113 5000 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read more: 15 year old by charged & new arrest as victim recounts events in West Heath Stabbing | B31


  1. i hope father and son make a speedy recovery ,it sounds like they would do what every caring citazen would do and go to help others …get knives and guns and thugs off our streets ,give the police more power to lock up these offenders rather than courts giving them a slap on the wrist .hope u catch the bastards.

  2. Jo Smallwood, who is supposed to be in charge of policing the area, should already know who this is. The amount of antisocial behaviour that I’ve heard about caused by a select few in Alvechurch Road over the last couple of years is ridiculous, and the majority if not all of the time the police let them off or don’t bother turning up. There are cameras in the road, and if police responded to antisocial behaviour rather than just let it happen maybe less people would get stabbed.


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