A teenager is critically ill in hospital after being attacked with a hammer as he walked home in Hodge Hill with his girlfriend at the weekend.
The two 16-year-olds were on Coleshill Road when three other teenagers approached them at around 6.50pm on Saturday.
The other lads engaged them in conversation which turned into an argument, before one produced a hammer and hit the young boy, from Alum Rock, over the head.
The offenders all fled towards the Newport Island and Clock Garage, leaving the injured teen collapsed at the side of the road. One of the boys was seen to be on a white bike.
The teen was rushed to hospital where he remains in an induced coma.
Three boys, aged 15 and 16, were arrested following the attack in the local area on suspicion of wounding. They were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Constable Mike Griffiths, from Force CID, is investigating the attack. He urged witnesses to come forward.
“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,” he said.
“The teenager is critically ill and we need people to come forward and help our investigation.
“From speaking to the boyâ€™s girlfriend we know that the couple first encountered the group of suspects outside the Tesco store on Chipperfield Road.
“The assault then took place by a bus stop outside Hodge Hill United Reformed Church and St. Philip & St James Church on Coleshill Road. It was here that a bus passenger handed wet wipes to the boyâ€™s girlfriend prior to getting onto a bus and we hope that this person comes forward as they may have information to help us.”
Anyone with information should call Force CID at Chelmsley Wood police station by dialling 101 – extension no 8926019 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.