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Three teenagers stabbed in Solihull

Detectives have launched an investigation after three teenagers were stabbed in Solihull last night.

It is believed that the attack happened at around 6pm. Credit: Google Street View

The teenagers turned up at a local hospital with stab injuries at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

A 16-year-old is being treated for serious injuries and his condition is described as stable and two 15-year-old boys were treated for minor injuries.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Credit: ITV News Central

It is believed that the attack happened at around 6pm on grassland around the Hobs Meadow area near to Westcote Close.

Detectives cordoned off the areas while specialist search officers and forensic experts examined the scene.

We are in the very early stages of our investigation and are appealing to anyone who was in the area yesterday evening and who may have seen something to come forward.

It is still unclear as to what actually happened and we have officers working around the clock to establish the circumstances and enquiries are on-going to apprehend those responsible.

Officers continue to trawl CCTV and house to house enquiries are being conducted in the area of Castle Lane and Westcote Close.

Anyone with information is urged to call me or one of my team.

– Detective Sergeant Sam Price, Solihull’s Violent Crime Team

Anyone with information should call West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Pub bombings inquest hearing: 'New evidence' exists

A lawyer representing the families of the Birmingham pub bombings has told a hearing into the potential reopening of the original inquest that new evidence has yet to be heard.

No one has been successfully convicted over the bombings in November 1974, which killed 21 people and injured almost 200 more.

The original inquest was closed in 1975 without hearing evidence and never reopened after the wrongful convictions of the 'Birmingham Six' were quashed in 1991.

Ashley Underwood QC has told the hearing what the victims' families think the scope of the inquest should be:

  • 1. Was there time for police to evacuate pubs on 21 November 1974?
  • 2. If there was time between a bomb warning and the explosions, why didn't an evacuation happen?
  • 3. After the explosions, were all reasonable attempt made for ambulances to attend to the needy?
  • 4. Was there a falsification by police of records, and if so why?

The hearing in Solihull lasts three days, and a decision on whether to reopen the inquest will be made by the Senior Coroner later this month.

Follow our reporter Chris Halpin for the latest.


Pub bombings: Inquest hearing gets underway

A three-day hearing into the potential re-opening of the original Birmingham pub bombings inquest has got underway in Solihull.

The original inquest, which closed in 1975, was never reopened after the wrongful convictions of the 'Birmingham Six' were quashed in 1991.

Twenty one people were killed in the atrocities in November 1974.

Our reporter Chris Halpin has the latest:

Families arrive at pub bombings inquest hearing

The families of the pub bombings victims want the original inquest to re-open. Credit: Chris Halpin / ITV News Central

The families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have arrived at a hearing where the case for re-opening the original inquest will be heard.

Twenty-one people were killed and 182 injured when the suspected IRA bombs exploded in two city centre pubs on November 21 1974.

Six men wrongly convicted of the murders - the Birmingham Six - were released in 1991 after their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

An inquest, which opened days after the bombings, was closed without hearing evidence in 1975 in response to the guilty verdicts.

The Birmingham and Solihull Coroner will hear arguments from lawyers representing the families and also West Midlands Police over the next three days.

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