Murder site social club demolished

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A social club just yards from where a teenager was murdered has been bulldozed.

Sixteen-year-old Ben Morutare from Walsall was found dead near to The Smethwick Home Guard and Old Comrades Club in Smethwick in July.

The club, which became a target for arsonists after it closed following the murder, has now been razed to the ground.

The social club was closed after the death of the teenager from Coalpool, on August 1.

Ben was found with stab wounds to the leg on grass near to the Oldbury Road club where he had attended an 18th birthday party. He died at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Following the death boss Bal Sangha said she had been forced to consider knocking it down because of strict conditions imposed by police. Officers demanded security be beefed up at the club and wanted door staff.

But owners said people would not use the venue if prices had to be increased to cover the extra cost of the door staff and more money could be made knocking the building down to make way for flats.

The owners were today unavailable for comment.

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