Police probe launched after teenage boy left fighting for life in Wolverhampton hammer attack

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A police investigation was gathering pace today after a teenage boy was left seriously injured after a hammer attack.

The scene on Dudley Street

Police cordoned off the entrance to Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Centre following the horrific violence yesterday afternoon.

A 16-year-old was left with life-threatening injuries after being attacked with the weapon close to Primark.

The boy was taken to hospital following the assault, which took place in Wulfrun Square at 4.30pm.

Dudley Street was cordoned off as a police investigation was launched.

What we know so far?

Police were called to Wulfrun Square at around 4.30pm after reports of a teenage boy being attacked.

The area is busy with shoppers being close to Wolverhampton's Primark and River Island stores and the Mander Centre.


A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said last night: "Police are currently at Wulfrun Square, Wolverhampton following reports of a teenager being hit with a hammer just after 4.30pm.

"A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with injuries which are believed to be life threatening.

"Investigations are ongoing and CCTV is being reviewed."

An air ambulance was spotted landing nearby on the site of the former city centre market.


People took to Facebook to describe the shocking scene.

One person said: "I walked past with my two kids. It was scary seeing someone with a lot of blood around his head. It was dreadful."

Police at the scene as darkness fell with a tent up outside the Wulfrun Centre. Picture: West Midlands Police

The entrances to Primark and the Wulfrun Centre were cordoned off.

So far no suspects have been arrested.

The Express & Star is awaiting a further update from West Midlands Police.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the force via Live Chat at between 8am and midnight or by calling 101 anytime.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log number 1734 for April 15.

Where did the attack happen?

Interactive map of the scene

Express & Star reporter Thomas Parkes was at the scene

Thomas Parkes

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