Arrest over Smethwick party stabbing murder

Ben Morutare Ben Morutare died at Birmingham Children's Hospital

An 18-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death a West Midlands boy.

Ben Morutare, 16, from Walsall, died after he was stabbed in the leg at the Smethwick Home Guard and Old Comrades Club early on Saturday.

Ben, who had been attending an 18th birthday party at the venue, was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital but died from his wound.

His family said he was "loved dearly".

Ben's family have paid tribute to him through a statement from West Midlands Police.

It said: "Ben was a beloved son, brother and nephew. He was loved dearly by his family and many more who knew him.

"One thing our Ben never forgot was to constantly remind his family, especially his mom, how much he loved and cared for them.

"He was a protective son and brother, Ben would never hurt anyone.

"He was such a lovable child and words cannot express how much we miss our Ben and the pain we are enduring."

Appeal for footage

An 18-year-old man from Dudley has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Officers were first called to the club at 00:45 BST but were told by door staff they were not needed because there were no signs of disorder, police said.

A second emergency call was made at about 01:30 BST and police came across a number of people in the street.

Det Insp Gary Plant, of West Midlands Police, said: "This is a complex investigation particularly as there were a large number of people at the party at the time.

"People may have taken pictures during the night, or recorded the fight which broke out outside on their mobile phones and we now ask them to do the right thing and contact us to pass this on.

"Any information, or footage, could prove vital in helping us bring the people responsible for Ben's death to justice."

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