A teenager was stabbed to death outside a McDonald’s this afternoon.
Police sealed off the town centre of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, after the incident in broad daylight today.
A murder investigation has been launched by West Midlands Police.
A statement from the force said: "A murder investigation is underway after a 16-year-old boy has died following a stabbing in Sutton Coldfield this afternoon.
"Officers were called after the teenager was found injured in Lower Parade at around 3.30pm.
"Despite the best efforts of emergency services the boy was confirmed dead at the scene.
"The area has been sealed off for investigations to be carried out.
"Anyone with information can call 101; quoting log number 1588 of 17/5/18."
Nigel Waldron, 54, told BirminghamLive: "I went out to get a cup of coffee and saw the ambulance and helicopter – I knew straight away it must have been a major incident.
"There were lots of kids hanging around. Everything was happening outside the derelict subway opposite McDonalds.
"My office is only 200 yards from the scene."
The Midlands Air Ambulance was called to the incident as paramedics battled to save the boy.
A statement from West Midlands Ambulance Service read: "West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it was called to reports of a stabbing in Lower Parade, Sutton Coldfield shortly at around 3.30pm this afternoon (Thursday).
"An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) team medics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill airbase were responded to the scene.
"Crews arrived to find a 16-year-old boy with serious injuries. They worked as a team to administer advanced life support on scene.
"Despite the tremendous efforts of ambulance staff, (the) boy has sadly died."
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