Three teenage boys ought to have jabbed to extinction in Birmingham within daytimes of each other. As the city battles a rise in knife felony, many questions remain. What has led to the deaths of these sons – and what is being done about it?
Birmingham is used to seeing violent crime but this recent heap of knives has shocked numerous.
The killings happened within a three-mile radius in suburbs of east Birmingham largely inhabited by those from minority backgrounds.
Two of the sons were 16, one 18. Two of the injures happened in daylight – one was at a college as students left for the working day, another in a residential street at 14:00 GMT.
The third was in a common at 20:00.