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Man stabbed to death after car rammed into Chinese takeaway

By Liam Keen | Dudley | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A man was stabbed to death after a van rammed a car into the front of a Chinese takeaway.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the man, aged 34, was killed in the attack in the Lower Gornal area of Dudley last night.

He was found critically injured in Central Drive, near where the car and van had crashed next to the Golden City takeaway.

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The stabbing victim and another man, who is believed to have escaped, are thought to have been attacked by an armed gang after the crash happened at around 9.40pm.

Rammed

West Midlands Police said they received a 999 call reporting a vehicle being rammed and two men being chased by a group carrying weapons.

The 34-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and shortly afterwards officers arrested three men on suspicion of murder at an address in the Lower Gornal area.

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The suspects - aged 32, 36, and 41 - all remained in custody for questioning this morning.

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An aerial view of Central Drive in Lower Gornal, where the man died. Photo: Google
Police forensic officers in Central Drive on Wednesday morning

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Golden City and other nearby shops were cordoned off this morning as police forensic teams scoured the area.

Specialist officers have been examining inside and outside the takeaway, while search teams have been hunting for evidence in nearby roads.

Meanwhile the crumpled red Ford Fiesta with smashed windows remained in place sandwiched between the takeaway entrance and a grey Ford Transit van.

The police cordon stretches around the cars and the front and back of the shopping parade opposite Overbrook Close.

Shocked

Jagdish Singh, 69, who has owned nearby JK & Sons convenience store for the last 36 years, said the murder had left the community shocked.

He said: "The road was cordoned off. There were lots of people outside. There was a car that rammed the Chinese shop.

"We are absolutely shocked. I have not seen a murder here before."

WATCH: Police forensics at the scene

Man stabbed to death in Lower Gornal

Mr Singh’s wife, Kuldip Kaur, aged 70, added: “We never see this in this area, it’s a nice and safe place, or so I thought.

“It’s very shocking and worrying.

Police forensic officers in Central Drive on Wednesday morning
Police forensic officers in Central Drive on Wednesday morning

“I am a little worried about staying here, it’s scary, we’ve never had anything like this in 36 years.

“It’s a small comfort to know that the police have arrested some people, but I was told there was more than three of them, more like seven.

“It’s a shame for the Chinese takeaway too, the new owners have only been there for six months, now they have this to deal with.”

Police forensic officers in Central Drive on Wednesday morning

June Brace, aged 73, lives nearby with her garden backing onto the back of the shops.

She said: “It’s so worrying. I walk the dogs in the evening and I always feel safe, it’s really surprising and shocked me, it’s the first thing I’ve seen since I lived here.

“Everyone around here says hello to each other, even the children did when I first moved here, it’s a nice place.

Police forensic officers in Central Drive on Wednesday morning

“It’s very unusual what has happened, I haven’t heard anything like it before.

“I suppose this is the way the world is now.”

Meanwhile the owner of a nearby business, who wished to stay anonymous, said: "I've had the business for 30 years and lived in Gornal all my life, for 52 years, and its always been a quiet village.

"It seems to have downhill a little bit in the last couple years, I have no idea why.

"I've never ever seen anything like this in Gornal before, never at all, its always quiet and everyone knows everybody.

"To see this is unbelievable, you would never expect this in a million years, not a murder."

Detectives are now appealing for witnesses, or anyone with any information about the attack, to get in touch.

West Midlands Police can be contacted directly via 101 or via the force website, while Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.

Reporter Liam Keen was at the scene:

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
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