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Smethwick stabbing: Boy, 16, in serious condition

Police cordon outside a property on Oxford Road, Smethwick
Image caption A 40-year-old man was arrested at a nearby address after the stabbing

A 16-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in the stomach.

The teenager was discovered by West Midlands Police officers shortly after 16:00 GMT on Sunday.

He was found on Oxford Road, Smethwick, with a knife wound to his stomach which police said was not believed to be life threatening.

A 40-year-old man from the area was arrested at a nearby address on suspicion of wounding.

He remains in police custody.

Knife crime in the West Midlands

West Midlands Police saw a 72% rise in knife crime between April 2013 and the year ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis shows.

Knife crimes recorded by West Midlands Police

Offences between April 2013 and March 2018

Source: ONS

Out of 43 forces, West Midlands Police saw the third highest knife crime offences per head of population between April 2017 to March 2018, according to the Home Office.

Ten forces with the highest knife crime rates

The number of offences reported for every 100,000 people

Note: Figures for Greater Manchester Police were undercounted until December 2017
Source: Home Office

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