Second 14-year-old boy arrested in teenager murder probe

Teenage boy killed in Handsworth, Birmingham
Teenage boy killed in Handsworth, Birmingham (PA Wire)
13:02pm, Sat 23 Jan 2021
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Detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in broad daylight have arrested a second 14-year-old boy.

West Midlands Police said 15-year-old Keon Lincoln was set upon by a group of youths with weapons in the Handsworth area of Birmingham on Thursday.

The force said a 14-year-old boy was arrested in Birmingham on Friday night on suspicion of murder, and that he remains in custody for questioning.

Another 14-year-old boy, arrested on Friday morning, also remains in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “This is a challenging investigation given the number of offenders we believe were involved, but I have a dedicated team of officers working 24/7 to identify those involved and we are making swift progress.

“This arrest is another step forward and Keon’s family have been fully updated with this latest development.

“My thoughts remain with them in their time of grief.”

The attack happened in Linwood Road, Handsworth, shortly after 3.30pm on Thursday.

Witnesses said shots were heard and the suspects were armed with knives.

Officers believe the group fled in a white car, which later crashed into a house in Wheeler Street, Lozells.

Teenage boy killed in Handsworth (PA Wire)

Keon was taken to hospital but later died.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place to establish the cause of death.

Cordons put in place at the scene of the incident and where the car was found abandoned have now been lifted.

Police continue to urge anyone with dashcam footage or any other information related to the case to come forward.

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