Teen, 19, arrested for murder over stabbing of man at Crowne Plaza hotel in Birmingham

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A TEEN has been arrested for murder over the stabbing of a man at a hotel in Birmingham.

The 20-year-old victim was found knifed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Paramedics were called but he died on the way to hospital after the attack last night.

The 19-year-old man was arrested this morning and remains in custody.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from West Midlands Police, said: “A young man has tragically lost his life and our thoughts are with his family after receiving such shocking news.

“They have been fully updated with news of our arrest and are being supported by specialist officers.”

It comes as knife crime in Britain has rocketed to record levels, shocking statistics show.

The number of people cautioned or convicted for carrying knives in England and Wales surged to its highest number in a decade, when figures were first compiled in 2009.

In total, there were 22,286 knife and offensive weapon offences in England and Wales in the year ending September 2019.

The number is up 3 per cent on the previous year and the highest since September, 2009, Ministry of Justice figures published in January show.

In England and Wales, 14,135 knife-possession offences were handled by cops and the courts.

The horrifying revelation comes after London suffered its bloodiest year in more than a decade, with 149 murders in the capital in 2019.

Ninety of last year’s victims were fatally stabbed, with London’s murder rate soaring by 50 per cent in just five years.

Anyone with information on the Crowne Plaza Hotel stabbing can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, 8am to midnight, or call 101 anytime.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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