Police played down rumours the broad daylight stabbing in Birmingham was racially motivated (Picture: SWNS/PA)
Six males including two teenagers aged 13 and 14 have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in broad daylight.
The victim, who has not been named, is thought to have been chased into College Road in Kingstanding, an area of north-east
Birmingham, on Monday evening.
He was knifed in the chest while running towards a McDonald’s around 7.30pm.
Paramedics arrived within five minutes but could not save him.
Detectives previously said they were aware of ‘speculation in the community that this was a racially motivated attack’ but that there was ‘nothing to suggest’ this was the case.
They have since added they are ‘keeping an open mind’ as to the motive.
West Midlands Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over the case after ‘looking at previous incidents involving the victim’.
The 14-year-old suspect was arrested along with a 38-year-old man after the pair were stopped in a vehicle in Cheshire.
The boy is believed to have been chased along College Road and stabbed in the chest (Picture: PA)
Detectives still want to hear with anyone who might have useful information (Picture: PA)
A 33-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy were arrested separately in Kingstanding and the Walsall area.
Two men aged 35 and 36 handed themselves in to separate police stations in the West Midlands.
Urging anyone with information to come forward, Detective Chief Inspector Stu Mobberley said: ‘We’ve made rapid progress on the investigation so far and these arrests are a significant step forward.
‘Our officers have executed a series of warrants in the region and we’ve worked with police forces outside the area to apprehend suspects.
‘We’re still speaking to witnesses and really need to hear from anyone who has seen or heard something, even if they think we may already know or they’re not sure how important it is.
‘We are aware of many different rumours circulating about the motive for the murder but we are keeping an open mind and pursuing all lines of enquiry. We ask people not to speculate on social media.’
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