UPDATE Tuesday 17th September 1.55pm: A 17 year old male from Yardley Wood has been arrested after handing himself in at Birmingham Central police station. He is now in police custody and will now be questioned by detectives about the attack in Yardley Wood Road just after 8.30am yesterday in which the newly-enrolled Bournville College pupil was stabbed. It’s understood the victim, from Billesley, was travelling on the Birmingham-bound number 2 bus when he became involved in a row with a fellow passenger during the morning rush hour. The pair left the bus in Yardley Wood Road just after 8.30am. Police are searching CCTV images and still want to hear from any witnesses on 101
We understand the boy, who has not yet been named by police, was due to start his further education studies at Bournville College in Longbridge today.
Local police are keen to make it clear that there is nothing to link the crime to the fact that the boy was to attend Bournville College and that “initial inquiries suggest that this was a dispute between two teens and not a random attack.”
Longbridge Sgt Karl Pierpoint said that police in the area have worked hard in recent years on knife crime prevention – with initiatives addressing knife crime, drugs related crime and gang related crime such as the recent hard-hitting awareness day for high school pupils held at Hollymoor. He said: “We are being pre-emptive and proactive to educate our young people.”
In a statement issued to the Birmingham Mail, a spokesperson for Bournville College said: “We can confirm that we have been made aware by the police that a young man who was due to commence College today, has sadly been involved in a fatal incident. At this stage we have no further information but are working with the police to support their enquiries.
“We are extremely saddened by the news that someone so young with such a bright future ahead of them has lost their life and offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to his family.
“All schools and colleges in the area have been working with young people to educate them about knife crime and the terrible consequences and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure all students are aware of the dangers and stay safe.”
The incident took place on Hayfield Road at the junction of Yardley Wood Road in Moseley and it is believed that the victim may have just got off a number 2 bus. Police are keen to speak to any witnesses.
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 555 111
Watch the appeal from Detective Superintendent Mark Payne: