Boy, 14, stabbed to death near McDonald’s after being attacked by ‘up to seven’
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A teenage boy has been stabbed to death near a McDonald’s.
The youngster, 14, was attacked in Kingstanding, Birmingham at about 7.30pm by "up to seven offenders" on Bank Holiday Monday.
West Midlands Police said “sadly nothing could be done to save him", BirminghamLive reports.
The teenager died at the scene.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation and the force said they have "flooded the area with officers to search for the offenders".
There is a large emergency service presence near to the surrounding roads by the McDonald's, although the branch is said to still be open.
The force said in a statement: "A teenage boy has been stabbed in Kingstanding this evening (31 May).
"Sadly nothing could be done to save him and the 14-year-old has died at the scene.
"We have immediately launched a murder investigation and have flooded the area with officers to search for the offenders."
"We understand the teen was attacked on College Road at the junction with Wardour Grove around 7.30pm by up to seven offenders, who ran off towards Chester Road.
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"We are currently speaking to witnesses and fast-tracking CCTV enquiries."
A source there is a police helicopter 'circling' the scene.
Detective Inspector Ranj Sangha, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “This is a shocking and senseless tragedy. Another young life has been taken far too soon.
“We have officers with the boy’s family who are facing the cruellest of news this evening.
“My heart goes out to them."
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He added: “We will be leaving no stone unturned in our hunt for the callous individuals responsible for this, or for anyone harbouring them, knowing what they have done.”
The incident led to road diversions in the nearby area.
National Express West Midlands said on Twitter: "DIVERSION: Due to a Police incident, College Rd closed in both directions 907 diverted as follows: To Sutton via College Rd, Brackenbury Rd, Ellerton Rd, Finchley Rd, Kings Rd, New Oscott, To City via College Rd, Hurstwood Rd, Maxted Rd, Witton lodge Rd, College Rd."
It comes after flower stall owner Tony Eastlake, 55, was stabbed to death in Islington, north London on Saturday afternoon.
A murder investigation has been launched after he was attacked near the stand.
He died at the scene.
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