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Park stabbing investigations continuing

Detectives have appealed for more witnesses after two men were robbed and stabbed in a Wolverhampton park on Sunday evening. Police were called to West Park In Whitmore Reans following reports that the men had been stabbed after confronting the robbers.

It is believed that four men had approached the group sitting in the park and stolen their bike. The men tried to chase the thieves who turned round and threatened them before stabbing them. Two men, who are 22 and 34, are in a stable condition in hospital.

We continue to appeal to anyone who was in the area of the park on Sunday evening to speak to us if they have any information.

"We are still trying to find the robbers who are described as black and in their late teens. It is believed they were wearing dark clothing.

– Inspector Phil Asquith Force CID

Witnesses sought after stabbing at Wolverhampton hairdressers

Police are urging witnesses to come forward Credit: West Midlands Police

Shoppers in Wolverhampton are being urged to help a police investigation after disorder at a city centre barbers.

A man sustained a stab wound during the incident at Prestige Barbers on Stafford Street on Wednesday 5 February.

Two men were taken to hospital for treatment following the dispute, which happened at around 3.45pm.

A 38-year-old man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of assault, whilst a 27-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 13 February on suspicion of attempted wounding. Both men remain on police bail pending further enquiries.

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Police make arrest after Leicester stabbing

Map showing where a 46-year-old man was stabbed in Leicester city centre earlier today Credit: ITV News Central

Police in Leicester have arrested a 17-year-old man in connection with a stabbing on Granby Street this morning. He remains in police custody.

The 46-year-old who was stabbed is currently undergoing treatment for injuries to his head and stomach at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Police appeal for witnesses to Leicester stabbing

Leicestershire Police are appealing for help after a 46-year-old man was stabbed in Leicester city centre this afternoon.

The man was attacked shortly after 2:20pm in Granby Street and received injuries to his head and stomach.

Inspector Mick Edwards, said:

We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, especially anyone who was in the Barley Mow Pub across the road from the scene of the incident around 2.22pm this afternoon.

Police react to nightclub stabbing sentence

This was a really brutal attack and the man was extremely fortunate that his injuries weren’t fatal.

Knife crime like this is completely unacceptable and this case proves that if you become involved in an offence where someone gets hurt you will face a lengthy jail sentence.

Knives have no place on our streets and we are working extremely hard to continue to drive down knife related crimes which have seen year on year reductions over the past five years.

– Detective Constable Keith Clarkson

Coventry man jailed for nightclub attack

Sean Maher Credit: West Midlands Police

A Coventry man has been jailed for 12 years after a stabbing in a nightclub.

The attack happened at Bar S7ven Nightclub in Coventry city centre on Monday 4 June last year after a disagreement between the 25-year-old victim and another man who was friends with Maher.

The court heard that the victim became involved in a heated argument with the man and 25-year-old Maher then stepped in and stabbed him in the stomach with the 12"-18" long blade.

After the attack he managed to run off and collapsed near to a local supermarket where he was found by paramedics with his intestines exposed. He was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries and has now made a full recovery.

A major investigation was launched and Maher later handed himself in to Willenhall Police Station and was arrested and charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm - but he denied carrying out the attack.

However, after the five-day trial he was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court and jailed on Friday 22 November.

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Knife crime in West Midlands is 'falling'

West Midlands Police say that knife crime in the region has fallen since 2008. Sergeant Mike Griffiths was speaking after a 21-year-old man was sentenced to life today for stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death with a hunting knife in April this year.

Knife crime in the West Midlands is falling with 1,445 fewer offences in 2011 to 2012 compared to the same period in 2008 to 2009. However, just one victim is one too many and West Midlands Police remains committed to driving knife crime down even further.

Anyone found to be carrying a knife in a public place could face a prison sentence of at least four years.

Read more: Jealous killer sentenced to life

Stabbing shows 'catastrophic consequences of carrying a knife'

West Midlands Police say the stabbing of a step-father in April demonstrates the terrible consequences of carrying a knife. 21-year-old Luke Ayres was sentenced to life at Birmingham Crown Court today, after stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death in April.

Ayres habitually carried the knife claiming it was 'for protection'. However, anyone who carries a knife runs the risk of seriously injuring themselves or others and this case demonstrates the catastrophic consequences of carrying a knife.

He admitted unlawfully killing Mr Wye; psychiatric experts diagnosed him as suffering from mental illness at the time of the killing so his plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility has been accepted by the prosecution.

– Sergeant Mike Griffiths, West Midlands Police

Jealous boyfriend sentenced to life over fatal stabbing

A 21-year-old man who said he carried a knife around for ‘protection’ has been sentenced to life at Birmingham Crown Court today, after stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death in April.

Luke Ayres stabbed 41-year-old Marcus Wye eight times, including a fatal blow that pierced his heart as a longstanding feud between the two ended in the stairwell of a block of flats in Druids Heath, Birmingham.

Ayres admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility today and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with an indeterminate sentence.

Mr Wye was found by police on April 5 this year in the communal area of his eighth-floor flat at Drews House, Netheravon Close. Despite officers and paramedics providing emergency first aid he was declared dead just after 10.30pm.

Ayres, who regularly carried a knife around claiming it was "for protection" had previous altercations with Mr Wye on numerous occasions in the past.

Armed police stopped Ayres in Redhill Road, West Heath, shortly after the stabbing where he was found to have traces of blood on his jeans. Police later recovered a hunting knife with a four-inch blade, believed to be the murder weapon.

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