Two men seriously injured after double stabbing in broad daylight knife fight

Two men seriously injured after double stabbing in broad daylight knife fight

Both victims remain in serious conditions in hospital after the incident in Smethwick, West Midlands, at around 4.45pm on Wednesday. The road, a main shopping street in the town, was closed for 12 hours as police investigated the latest bloodshed. 

The Midlands Air Ambulance, two ambulances, a paramedic officer and West Midlands Care Team were also sent to the scene, Birmingham Live reports.

A forensic tent was erected as officers probed the stabbings and remains in place.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a stabbing on Stony Lany at 4.44pm, two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands Care Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

“On arrival we discovered two patients, both males, who were treated for serious stab injuries before being taken to hospital for further assessment.”

West Midlands Police have been approached for comment.

A shocked resident said: “I’m surprised it happened right on my doorstep, it’s very close to home. It’s the second stabbing I know of in this area.

“My family have been here since the 1960s and gradually over the last ten years there have been more incidents happening. The area has changed.

“You see a lot of lads hanging around by the shop but it’s still a surprise.”

Others said the area is a “hotspot for drugs and crime” as the police investigation continues.

Another resident said: “You hear more and more about these types of incidents. It used to be a quiet area.

“It’s very shocking and unusual, I’ve been here 22 years and it’s the first time I’ve seen something like this on the street.

“You tend to get lads hanging around the shops but not much anti-social behaviour.

“I’ve heard of so many shootings and stabbings that my opinion of this area has changed.”

Labour Councillor Parbinder Kaur, of Smethwick Ward, said: “I have attended the scene in my Ward Stony Lane Smethwick this evening to give assurance to the residents that the police are working hard on investigating the crime scene.”

Published at Thu, 24 Jun 2021 09:30:00 +0000