A 14-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed several times outside a mosque in Birmingham today.

The young boy was dropped outside the Mosque by his father just after 1am today.

He was stood outside the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam mosque, in Herbert Road, Small Heath, when he was attacked.

It is believed the victim, from Kings Heath, was stabbed five times in the head and neck.

He was taken to hospital by paramedics, where his condition is described as critical.

A cordon was put in place as specialist teams carried out forensic investigations.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough from the complex crime investigation team at Bournville Lane police station said: “Knife crime is priority for us and an investigation is underway to identify those responsible.

“This is a tragic event which has left a young boy is in hospital fighting for his life so I’d urge anyone who was in the vicinity, saw what happened, or has any other information which may help our investigation to contact me or my team on 101 or to call Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

More information as updates are released.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org