Armed gang murder man in his 20s in ‘targeted and vicious’ machete attack that police say was caught on CCTV
- Victim attacked by ‘males with weapons’ in Walsall at around 1.20am today
- He was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead just before 3am
A murder probe has been launched after a man was brutally attacked by an armed gang in Walsall town centre.
West Midlands Police said the victim, who was in his 20s, was ‘set upon by a group of males with weapons’ today at around 1.20am.
The victim, who has not been named, was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead just before 3am.
A large part of the town centre remains sealed off while officers conduct a fingertip search.
West Midlands Police said the victim, who was in his 20s, was ‘set upon by a group of males with weapons’ in Walsall town centre today at around 1.20am
Detective Inspector Laura Harrison, leading the investigation, said: ‘It’s very early in the investigation, but this appears to be a targeted and vicious attack involving a group of men carrying weapons.
‘We’re supporting the victim’s family at this awful time, and are working hard to identify those responsible.
‘We’ve already recovered CCTV and continue to work at the scene today.’
A Section 60 order, which gives police the power to stop and search people without the need for specific grounds, has been implemented.
The victim, who has not been named, was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead just before 3am
Those powers will be in use across Walsall throughout the day.
Inspector Jon-Paul Kyffin from Walsall Police said: ‘We’ll have extra officers in Walsall town centre today to offer reassurance.
‘I’d ask people planning on travelling into Walsall town centre to think about their journey today as the area around the scene on the High Street is closed while we investigate.’