Boy, 16, seriously injured after knife attack in Smethwick
A boy has been left in a serious condition after he was stabbed in the stomach near The Hawthorns.
The 16-year-old was found with a knife wound and taken to hospital after the incident on Oxford Road, Smethwick, just after 4pm yesterday.
His condition is not believed to be life threatening.
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A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Police were called to Oxford Road, Smethwick, just after 4pm yesterday following reports of a stabbing.
"A 40-year-old local man was arrested from a nearby address on suspicion of wounding and he remains in police custody."
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they were called just after 4pm to reports of an assault.
A spokeswoman said: ""One ambulance, a paramedic officer, a critical care car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, attended the scene.
"We treated a teenage boy for his injuries and transported him to hospital on a land ambulance"
A neighbour, who wished to stay anonymous, said: “I was out at the time so didn’t see or hear anything, but to have it happen in the middle of a Sunday afternoon is shocking.
“It’s scary for my children, I have three myself. It doesn’t happen around here, the road is OK.
“I’ve seen the boy around before so it’s sad to hear what has happened, especially to a child, I hope he is OK.
“It’s good to hear his injuries are not life threatening, but it doesn’t do much to ease my worry about living nearby to this happening.
“I don’t know who is involved, but you just don’t want something like this happening in your road.”
A police cordon remained outside a property today.
Pardeep Uppal, aged 34, who lives near Oxford Road, said: “It’s a worry, it happened the other week at the college and now here with another 16-year-old.
“It seems to be happening once a week now.
“Knives are available, I don’t know what they can do to stop it."
It comes after a 16-year-old died two days after being stabbed outside his sixth form college in Birmingham.
The teenager suffered a serious stab wound to his chest during the attack on Belgrave Road on Wednesday and was in a coma until he died on Friday.
Another 16-year-old boy will appear before Birmingham Crown Court charged with the teenager's murder.
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