Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mother and son killed in triple stabbing at Stourbridge home

Police activity near the scene where a 13-year-old boy and his mother have died after being stabbed at their home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Police activity near the scene where a 13-year-old boy and his mother have died after being stabbed at their home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A Land Rover stolen from the scene is put on a lorry after it crashed near to where a 13-year-old boy and his mother died after being stabbed at their home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Police activity near the scene where a 13-year-old boy and his mother have died after being stabbed at their home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Flowers left near the scene where a 13-year-old boy and his mother have died after being stabbed at their home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Martin Evans

A 13-year-old boy and his mother have died and his father is fighting for his life after they were stabbed at their home in Stourbridge in the West Midlands.

Police and emergency services were called to their home in Greyhound Lane in the town on Thursday morning following reports of an incident.

All three people were rushed to hospital with "life-threatening injuries", but the woman and her son were later pronounced dead.

A man in his 20s was subsequently arrested in connection with the incident after allegedly stealing a Land Rover.

The driver, who is understood to be known to the family but not a relative, allegedly crashed the 4x4 before being arrested by police.

The family were named locally as company director Peter Wilkinson, 47, and his wife Tracey, 50.

Mr Wilkinson, who is a company director for a firm that manufactures safety barriers, remains in hospital with stab wounds to his chest and back.

Neighbours said the couple, who also have a daughter who is away at university, were a "nice normal family".

A couple who lived a few doors down told how they used to see Mr Wilkinson walking his  dog.

A man, who didn't want to be named, added: "Peter and Tracey have lived there for about seven or eight years.

"They've got a son who is 13 and a daughter who is in her first year at Bristol university.

"We know them to talk to and say hello to. We would see Peter walking his greyhound along the road and he would always stop to talk.

"They were a nice, normal family. They were lovely."

Mr Kendrick went on: "The family car was stolen and our officers intercepted that car at around 8.30am in Norton Road.

"Despite being rammed by the vehicle they managed to get the driver and detain him and arrest him on suspicion of murder.

"Clearly our investigation is at a very early stage but we do believe the suspect was known to the family and we do not think this was a burglary or robbery.

"We have specialist teams of officers working with the family at this tragic time."

The officer said the suspect was known to police and they were trying to establish the nature of his relationship with the family.

He added: "We received a call from here (the property), I'm not at liberty to say who that was at this time.

"There's no obvious sign of forced entry. Early enquiries would suggest the offender was known to the victims.

"We are exploring the nature of that relationship. The offender is not a family member.

"He is known to the police. At this moment in time it's too early to release details of any previous dealings he's had with West Midlands Police.

"The two officers have returned to their station. They have minor injuries."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff it became apparent at the scene that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed deceased.

"The teenage boy was found to be in cardiac arrest and received specialist trauma care and advanced life support from our staff.

"He was taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children's Hospital with treatment continuing en route.

"Sadly, shortly after arrival in A&E and despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, he could not be saved and he was also confirmed dead.

"The man, who was conscious, was also in a serious condition as a result of his stab wounds and was alerted in to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance."

Telegraph.co.uk

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