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Seven teenagers jailed for life for murdering Bailey Atkinson in Walsall high street

The seven killers of Bailey Atkinson who was fatally stabbed in Walsall's market have been given life sentences for murdering him in a ferocious attack.

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Clockwise from top left: Wilkes - Brookes - Loverage - McCullogh

Mr Atkinson, aged 21, was set upon in the town centre on January 28 last year in revenge for a stabbing incident involving the brother of his killers.

Sonny Loveridge, 20; Ronan McCulloch, 19; Benjamin Wilkes, 18, all of Bloxwich; Patrick Brookes, 18, of Walsall, along with three 17-year-olds were found guilty of his murder after a 10-week trial in March. The 17-year-olds cannot be named due to being aged under 18.

Bailey Atkinson.

Today they were sentenced by Mr Justice James Goss at Nottingham Crown Court and were all given minimum life terms ranging from 18 to 23 years for their roles in the merciless attack.

Wilkes, of Guild Avenue; must serve at least 18 years; Loveridge, of Irvine Road must serve at least 23 years; McCulloch, of Livingstone Road, must serve at least 21 years; and Brookes, of Hunter Crescent, Harden, must serve at least 20 years.

The three 17-year-olds, who cannot be named because of their ages, must also serve at least 19 years.

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