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Stourbridge stabbing: Tributes paid to Pierce Wilkinson

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Image caption Pierce Wilkinson was killed in the attack. His father Peter, who was seriously injured, remains in hospital

A 13-year-old boy who was stabbed to death with his mother at their home was "loyal, caring and conscientious", his school has said.

Pierce and Tracey Wilkinson were killed in an attack in Stourbridge, West Midlands, while the boy's father, Peter, was seriously injured.

Stephen Dunster, headteacher of Redhill School, where Pierce was a Year 8 pupil, said he would be "sadly missed".

He said Pierce "met everyone with a smile" and was "kind and thoughtful".

"He was passionate about his football team, West Bromwich Albion, and was devoted to his pet greyhound dog.

"He was a loving son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family, in particular his father Peter and his sister Lydia."

The teenager and his mother were found in the house on Greyhound Lane, Norton, with critical stab wounds at about 08:00 BST on Thursday.

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Media captionThis dashcam footage shows a high speed police pursuit of the suspect, who had stolen the family's Land Rover

Footage captured on a vehicle dashcam shows the moments the murder suspect tried to flee the scene in a Land Rover, which was stolen from the house.

It shows officers chasing the car, which later crashed into a garden wall after it was rammed off the road by police in Norton Road about 30 minutes after the attack.

A suspect in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and wounding.

Police said they understood the suspect may have been living at the address, although he was not a family relative.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

'Shock and horror'

Mrs Wilkinson was pronounced dead at the scene, while Pierce later died in hospital.

Mr Wilkinson, a managing director for manufacturer Hill & Smith Ltd, was found in the garden of the house.

He remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition with stab wounds to his chest and back.

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Image caption Forensic teams remained at the scene on Thursday and removed a dog from the house
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Image caption A Land Rover taken from outside the home crashed into a garden wall after it was intercepted by police about 30 minutes later

A neighbour of the victims described seeing two people being carried from the house on stretchers into ambulances after the "horrifying" incident.

Asked to describe the family, she said: "We just knew them as neighbours and asked how the kids were when we saw them in the street.

"They were just really, really friendly, they had lived there about seven or eight years and what has happened is just desperately sad."

A woman whose property backs on to the Wilkinsons' house told reporters she heard a man shouting in a neighbouring garden at about 08:00.

"It was definitely a man but I couldn't hear what was said. At the time I thought it was a workman," she said.

Image caption Floral tributes have been left at the scene

Stourbridge MP Margot James said she knew of the family through the local Conservative association and said the community will do all it can to offer its support.

"My reaction is probably the same as everyone else in Stourbridge - absolute shock and horror that anything like this could happen in someone's normal day in my constituency.

"It is a truly tragic and awful event," she said.

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