3 charged with Walsall murder of Bailey Atkinson

This evening police have charged three teenage boys with the murder of Bailey Atkinson who was stabbed to death in Walsall.

The boys, who cannot be named due to their age, are a 15-year-old and two aged 16. They were arrested at a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales, on Tuesday night and will appear before Wolverhampton magistrates tomorrow (4 Feb).

Bailey was attacked on the High Street near Asda in the early hours of Saturday. He was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries. A post-mortem revealed the 20-year-old, from Bloxwich, had died of multiple stab wounds.

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from our homicide unit, said: “Our investigation has been fast paced but has not stopped with these arrests. We know there were others involved in the tragic events of Saturday night and we are determined to find everyone involved to get justice for Bailey’s family.

Meanwhile a Section 60 dispersal order remains in place this evening until tomorrow morning in the areas of St Matthews, Bloxwich West and East, Blakenall, Birchills and Leamore.

The Order gives us the power to stop and search people we suspect may be involved in violence, without the need to have reasonable grounds.

We use them when we feel there is a risk of violence, and they help us keep people safe.


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