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Detectives investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy in Birmingham have arrested a teenager on suspicion of murder.

The 16-year-old boy from Birmingham was arrested last night and is in police custody for questioning as part of the investigation into the fatal stabbing in Norwood Road yesterday afternoon (Monday 25 February).

Police have named the victim as Hazrat Umar who tragically died of his injuries at the scene; specialist officers are supporting his family and a post mortem will take place in due course.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said:

“This is another tragic loss of young life on our streets. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

“There will be a highly visible presence from West Midlands Police and section 60 stop and search powers will be used to deter those who may be carrying weapons.”

Commenting on the wider issues surrounding violent crime, the PCC added:

“I will continue to invest in schemes for young people to divert them away from crime and am pressing West Midlands Police to be as efficient as possible so resources can be focussed where the public want them most.

“Ultimately though the force has lost £175 million and over 2,000 officers since 2010. That is having an impact on our ability to fight crime. Even more significant though is the decimation of youth services, rising school exclusions and the growth in the drugs trade.

“I will be working closely with the City Council and government to see what further interventions we need to support young people and keep our streets safe.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime. Please quote log number 1294 from 25 February. Alternatively, contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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