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Appeal launched as teenager in coma fights for his life

Police investigating a serious assault which took place in Aston, Birmingham last month have launched an appeal for information. 

Officers were called to Birchfield Road at around 11.30pm on Bank Holiday Sunday (27 August) by the ambulance service to a report that a 17-year-old had suffered serious head injuries.

The teenager was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head and neck injuries and placed into an induced coma. 

He remains in hospital; the full extent of his injuries is not yet known and it is not clear whether he will fully recover.

The victim’s older sister is appealing for anyone with information to come forward. She said: “The attack on our brother has left my family numb. This has changed his life completely and it has changed our lives too. It’s heart-breaking and has left us all traumatised.

“We are shocked and disgusted by how viciously he was attacked. We are asking for people who have witnessed the attack to please come forward and help us get justice for our brother." 

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It is understood that the teenager was assaulted by a group of people, and enquires have been on-going to piece together the circumstances surrounding the attack and those responsible. 

As a result of extensive on-going enquiries, officers have identified a number of individuals − pictured - who are of interest to the investigation.

Police are keen to trace these men, if you are pictured or you can identify someone who is, please make contact with DC Stuart Phillips at the earliest possible opportunity. 

Investigators have spoken to a number of witnesses but are continue to appealing to anyone else who was in the area at the time to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 20BW/182861Q/17. Information given to Crimestoppers may lead to a reward of up to £1000. 

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