UPDATE 13/10/12 14:50 According to the BBC website, the injured young man is in a critical but stable condition at the moment and West Midlands Police are still questioning the man they arrested shortly after the incident yesterday.

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The entire Bournville College campus is to remain closed tomorrow (Saturday 13th October) following an incident in which a 17 year old male was stabbed earlier today.

The incident happened at around 1.30pm outside the college. The teen was attended by paramedics, having suffered a serious stab wound, and was rushed in to hospital with life threatening injuries. He remains seriously ill at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in Selly Oak.

West Midlands Police officers, supported by the force helicopter, spent around an hour searching the area around the college before a man was arrested just before 2.30pm.

‘The Lanes’ public footpath behind Colmers School was closed to pedestrians for a time as police continued their investigation. School children and parents from the Colmers campus were told to find an alternative route home.

Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, from Force CID, said: “I want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the assault at around 1:30pm today and who has any information about what exactly happened.”

A large number of officers were at hand to reassure college students and local residents following the incident.

Norman Cave, Principal of Bournville College commented: “Our thoughts are with the student and their family at this difficult time and we will do all we can to support them. We will also continue to work with the Police to help in whatever way we can.”

Local people expressed their shock and sympathy on Twitter and Facebook. Longbridge Acting Sergeant Karl Pierpoint tweeted: “[…]As a community we stand firm against knife crime.[…]”

Anyone with information should call Force CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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