Teenagers brawl in the street just seconds before boy, 16, is stabbed in the leg inside a charity shop
- Two teenagers fight in the street and tumble into the charity shop in Birmingham
- CCTV footage shows another youth following them and appearing to hold a knife
- Since January, three teenagers have been killed in knife attacks in West Midlands
This is the shocking moment three teenagers tumble into a charity shop before one of them is stabbed in the leg.
CCTV footage from the British Heart Foundation shop in Birmingham city centre shows two youths brawling and pushing each other towards the store.
As they approach the door at 5.30pm on 26 February another teenager can be seen running behind them and appears to be holding a knife.
Two teenagers, left, brawl in the street before falling into the charity shop in Birmingham city centre as another youth, right, follows them and appears to be holding a knife
Following the incident, a 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital with a leg injury and there was a blood stain visible on the carpet inside the charity shop.
That same afternoon, customers at the McDonald’s nearby in Dale End were being screened through a temporary knife arch.
The video has emerged amid of a spate of terrifying knife crime amongst young people across Britain.
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Since the start of 2019, 10 teenagers have been killed in knife attacks. Five of those were in London, three were in Birmingham and the other attacks hit Manchester and Sunderland.
The family of one of three teenagers stabbed to death in Birmingham in a fortnight of carnage – dubbed a ‘national emergency’ by police leaders – spoke out for the first time this week.
West Midlands Police are appealing for information about two teenagers, pictured, after the 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the leg
Murder map: The shocking scale of knife deaths in Britain so far in 2019
Abdullah Muhammad, 16, was killed last month simply for straying into the wrong area, his relatives said.
His sister Khadeeja, 18, said: ‘The police aren’t tackling the problem, this could have been prevented if the police were stopping and searching people. Theresa May has made the situation worse, she made the wrong decision.
Who are the 10 youths knifed to death since the beginning of 2019?
Jaden Moodie, 14, Leyton, East London, January 8
Nedim Bilgin, 17, Islington, North London, January 29
Sidali Mohamed, 16, Highgate, Birmingham, February 13
Abdullah Muhammad, 16, Small Heath, February 20
Lejean Richards, 19, Battersea, south-west London, February 5
Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, Wood Green, North London, February 22
Connor Brown, 18, Sunderland, February 24
Hazrat Umar, 18, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, February 25
Jodie Chesney, Romford, east London, March 1
Yousef Ghaleb Makki, 17, Hale Barns, Manchester, March 2
‘She should be promoting stop and search, because every other day we hear something involving a knife.’
Just five days after that murder, another teenager, Hazrat Umar, 18, was stabbed to death as he made his way to a gym in Birmingham on February 25.
One of his relatives, Nazir Afzal, the former chief crown prosecutor for the North West, has said there is a lack of leadership on tackling knife crime.
Yesterday Umar Afzal, 70, Nazir’s older brother, said: ‘These types of killings are on the rise – it’s not safe to go out on foot at night. The law is too lenient.’
Richard Cooke, chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, has called for emergency section 60 powers to be rolled out across the country.
The controversial powers, which allow police officers to search suspects without needing ‘reasonable grounds’, have been introduced by West Midlands Police after three teenagers died in just 11 days.
The force says that it has taken dozens of blades off the streets since the order was enforced last week.
West Midlands Police released the footage to appeal for information about the two teenagers involved in the incident in the charity shop.
West Midlands Police are appealing for information and have requested that anyone who recognises the individuals in the CCTV clip, contact them via Live Chat or call 101 quoting ref 20BW/48973J/19.
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