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Extra police patrols in Wolverhampton as murder investigation continues

Extra armed police officers will be out in Wolverhampton this weekend, as police continue to investigate the murder of 15-year-old Keelan Wilson.

The armed patrols will be operating around the city to reassure residents, while officers are also being granted temporary powers to give them the ability to stop and search people they suspect may be involved in crime or carrying weapons.

Police were called to reports of a group of youths fighting on Langley Road at around 11pm on Tuesday. 

The teenager was taken to hospital with serious injuries but was sadly confirmed dead a short time later.

A post-mortem has confirmed he died from stab wounds.

Police are carrying out CCTV trawls, have sent items for forensic testing, and have already spoken to a number of people who have given information.

Ch Insp Karen Geddes, of Wolverhampton Police, said: “We continue to support Keelan’s family through their unimaginable grief, while detectives continue to work around the clock to bring those responsible to justice.

“The deployment of armed officers is not a decision we take lightly, but one that demonstrates our commitment to keeping the streets of the city safe.

“Our officers will be approachable and I’d urge people to speak to them when they see them out and about to raise any concerns they have with them.”

In an incident which is not being linked to the murder, officers are investigating reports of shots being fired off Shelley Road in Wolverhampton last night.

No one is thought to have been injured and no property was damaged.

Ch Insp Geddes said: “We’re aware of tensions between groups in some parts of the city. We are getting a better understanding of the reasons behind that, and intervening and making arrests where appropriate.” 

Officers will also be using section 60 powers in Bushbury and Whitmore Reans until 7am tomorrow (2 June).
It gives them the power to stop and search people they suspect may be involved in violence, without the need to have reasonable grounds.

Anyone with information has been asked to call Det Insp Warren Hines on 101 anonymously, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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