Birmingham & Black Country

Father and son stabbed in Birmingham street

A father and son were stabbed trying to prevent a group of youths entering their home in Birmingham.

Former policeman Martin Thompson offered refuge to a teenager who was being chased by a group of youths.

He said the youths tried to enter his house in Alvechurch Road, West Heath, on 21 May and stabbed him and his 18-year-old son, who blocked their path.

Mr Thompson was stabbed in the back and his son has a punctured lung. A youth, 15, from Northfield has been arrested.

Mr Thompson said: "I was almost on my doorstep... and the next thing I know, there's a rain of what I thought initially was punches down my left side."

His son Edward came to the door and started fighting a second youth who was attacking Mr Thompson. Edward was stabbed between his shoulder blades.

The youths then fled. Mr Thompson has been sent home from hospital but Edward remains in intensive care.

West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any knowledge of the incident to contact them.

Insp Vanessa Eyles said: "This is a horrific, unprovoked attack on a public-spirited father and son who were trying to stop trouble.

"Our thoughts are with their family at this time. We would urge anyone with information to come forward."

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