Two boys aged 16 and 17 arrested after body of 14-year-old girl found in park

Two boys aged 16 and 17 arrested after body of 14-year-old girl found in park

POLICE investigating the death of a young girl whose body was found in a Wolverhampton park yesterday morning have arrested two teenage boys.

The suspects, aged 16 and 17, were arrested from their home addresses in the local area this morning after the body of a 14-year-old girl was found at West Park at around 7am on Thursday.

The girl, who had been reported missing on Wednesday, has not yet been formally identified but a post-mortem has concluded that she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers from West Midlands Police.

The arrested boys have been taken into custody for questioning by homicide detectives.

Det Ch Insp Edward Foster said: "Following the discovery of the girl’s body, the park was immediately sealed off to allow us to conduct a full forensic search of the area.

"My team are working around the clock to understand what happened to this girl and our enquiries to date have led to today’s arrests.

"A number of people have come forward with information, but I would still like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious or saw a young girl in the park overnight from Wednesday onwards."

West Park remains sealed off today and is expected to remain closed over the weekend.

The death has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as the girl had been reported missing.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to call the homicide team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.