Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of murder of 17-year-old in Brighton
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 17-year-old who was stabbed to death in Brighton.
Police were called to Queens Road in the East Sussex city on Thursday evening to reports of the stabbing and the victim was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The teenage suspect is in custody for questioning, according to Sussex Police.
A force spokesman said: “Police in Brighton have arrested a boy on suspicion of murder after a stabbing in the city this evening (October 5).
“Emergency services were called to Queens Road at around 5pm to reports of a 17-year-old boy having been stabbed.
A suspect is in custody and a fast-moving investigation is under way to establish exactly what happened and why. While we do so, there will be an increased police presence in the area for some time
“He was taken to hospital by the ambulance service, where he was sadly pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed.
“Following an extensive search, a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at this time.”
Detective Superintendent Andy Wolstenholme, of the Surrey & Sussex major crime team, said: “This is a tragic incident in which a young man has lost his life and we understand the community will be shocked and alarmed.
“A suspect is in custody and a fast-moving investigation is under way to establish exactly what happened and why. While we do so, there will be an increased police presence in the area for some time.
“This incident took place in the centre of the city at a peak time. Officers have already spoken with many witnesses, but we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw a man dressed in black leaving the area who hasn’t yet provided details to the police.”
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