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LOCAL UPDATE: Alarming shooting figures in the Black Country & Tragedy as 17 year-old is stabbed to death in Smethwick

Alarming shooting figures in the Black Country & Tragedy as 17 year-old is stabbed to death in Smethwick.

Figures by West Midlands Police have shown alarming shooting figures in the Black Country for the start of 2021. In the first thirteen weeks, there were twelve shootings which is almost one a week. The figures were released after a Freedom of Information request by the Express and Star newspaper.

Next, members of the community in Smethwick are mourning the loss of seventeen year old Derlarno Samuels after he was stabbed to death on Saturday 1st May. His family said 'Delarno was ambitious, inquisitive and full of life.' A man has been charged with his murder.

Finally, the trial of a police officer accused of murdering ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson in Telford in 2016 is set to begin at Birmingham Crown Court. West Mercia PC Benjamin Monk denies the murder and manslaughter charges.


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