Walsall teenager dies after stabbing

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    By Tom Lowenstein

    A boy aged 16 died in the early hours of Saturday morning after being stabbed in Smethwick, the West Midlands.

    Police responded to an incident at the Smethwick Home Guard and Old Comrades Club at around 01.30 BST and found the teenager from Walsall with fatal wounds.

    He was taken to a nearby hospital but died of his injuries. His family are being looked after by a liaison officer.

    The surrounding area of Oldbury Road has now been sealed off for forensic examination and police have begun a murder investigation.

    A post-mortem is set to be carried out in due course.

    "It is believed there were a large number of people at the club last night and early this morning," said Detective Inspector Warren Hines from West Midlands Police.

    "I am appealing for anyone who saw what happened and who hasn't yet spoken to police to come forward."

    According to data from the NHS, a total of 4,643 people were admitted to hospitals in England after being assaulted with a sharp object or knife in 2010/11.

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