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Four held after boy fatally stabbed
A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death after a fight between two groups of youths.
Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering the boy, who was attacked in a park in the South Yardley area of Birmingham on Monday night. He died later from his injuries.
Two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old are in custody, West Midlands Police said.
Detective Inspector Tom Chisholm, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are aware that there were groups of young people in the area, some of whom may have left the scene before the police arrived.
"There is some suggestion that this was a fight which has tragically gone too far. I would ask that people who were in the park or anyone else with information to contact us immediately."
The boy was taken to hospital, but despite the efforts of medical staff he died shortly afterwards, police said.
Officers were called to the scene near Oaklands Park at around 6pm. The four teenagers, all from Birmingham, were arrested nearby. A search of the area, which was conducted under floodlights at the time, has resumed. CCTV is also being studied and police have increased patrols in the area to reassure local people
The family of the murdered teenager, who has not yet been identified, are being supported by family liaison officers.
DI Chisholm said: "This was a tragic incident and our deepest condolences go out to the young man's family. A murder investigation was immediately launched. We have a team of detectives working with local officers to gain an understanding of what happened.
He added: "We are very well experienced at supporting people who are reluctant to share important information which helps solve serious crimes like this. If anyone finds themselves in that position I would urge them to contact me personally."