‘Gang of white boys’ ‘chased black teenager, 14, before stabbing him to death in the street like a pack of feral animals’ as police hunt up to seven suspects and launch murder probe
- Police were called to scene near McDonald’s on College Road in Kingstanding
- The schoolboy, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at scene
- Witnesses described seeing a ‘gang of white lads’ attacking a black teenager
Witnesses have described seeing a ‘gang of white lads’ attacking a 14-year-old black boy like a ‘pack of feral animals’ as police launch a murder probe and hunt up to seven suspects.
Emergency services rushed to the scene near to the McDonald’s on College Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, at around 7.30pm on Monday in the aftermath of a large street fight.
The schoolboy, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead in the street from knife wounds despite the efforts of paramedics.
West Midlands Police said the victim was attacked at the junction with Wardour Grove.
One mother, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It was carnage when I looked out my window, there were kids everywhere.
‘They were like a pack of feral animals the way they were swarming around him.
‘Apparently a gang of white lads just jumped him, I don’t know how many had knives but it is just terrifying. He was only a child.’
Police have launched a murder investigation after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in the street during a large street fight. Pictured: Police at the scene on Monday afternoon
Other residents living near the scene reacted with horror to the brutal stabbing on their doorstep.
One, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘I didn’t see what happened but I’m told a car pulled up at some point and loads of blokes jumped out.
‘There was absolutely loads of people around in the aftermath. I just saw people running in all different directions.
‘If it’s racially motivated, it’s like the Stephen Lawrence thing. It wouldn’t surprise me around here.
‘I’ve been in tears for his family, he was just 14-years-old, his life had not even begun.’
The death of the schoolboy has prompted an angry response in the city with many calling for stricter knife crime laws following the tragedy.
One social media user wrote: ‘That poor boy! He is just a child… I hate the thought of his final moments. Thoughts with the family! Such a tragedy.’
Another added: ‘RIP yet again another young person has been taken from his family. What is this country coming to? No one deserves this, I hope the people who have done this get caught and have the book thrown at them. Name and shame them.’
‘Absolutely terrible news 14 is no age. I have a child almost this age, breaks your heart our kids are growing up in such a messed up world. RIP little man thoughts are with his family and friends at such a sad time’, a third commented.
Another said: ‘Evil scumbags. RIP to the poor soul and heartfelt condolences to the family who now have to deal with this utter heartbreak.’
Emergency services rushed to the scene near to a McDonald’s on College Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, at around 7.30pm on Monday evening. Pictured: Police at the scene
Police have since said that a group of up to seven people ran off in the direction of Chester Road.
The force said they had immediately launched a murder investigation and flooded the area with officers in a search for those responsible.
Officers are also speaking to witnesses and fast-tracking CCTV enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Stu Mobberley, who is leading the investigation, has since said: ‘We’ve made rapid progress in the investigation already and are following up a number of really strong lines of enquiry.
‘We know there tensions and emotions are high, and we’re aware that there is some speculation in the community that this was a racially motivated attack.
‘At the moment, there is nothing to suggest that this is a racially motivated attack.
‘What we do know is that this was appalling violence which has cost a young lad his life.
‘We still have witnesses to speak to, and I’d urge anyone with information to get in touch with us as quickly as possible so that we can arrest those involved in this appalling attack.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat via their website or by calling 101 quoting log number 3313 of 31/5.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.