Hodge Hill hammer attack leaves teenager 'critically ill'
A teenage boy is critically ill in hospital after being attacked with a hammer as he walked home with his girlfriend.
The couple were on Coleshill Road, Hodge Hill, Birmingham on Saturday at 18:50 GMT when they were approached by three teenagers, police said.
After an argument the 16-year-old, from Alum Rock, was hit on the head.
Three boys, aged 15 and 16, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding, a spokesman said.
They were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The teenager was taken to hospital where he remains in an induced coma, police said.
Det Con Mike Griffiths, from West Midlands Police, said: "This seems to have started as a teenage spat and then escalated out of control, leaving a young lad in hospital with very serious injuries."
Police want to speak to a person waiting at a bus stop outside Hodge Hill United Reformed Church and St Philip and St James Church on Coleshill Road who handed wet wipes to the boy's girlfriend before getting onto a bus.