16-Year-Old Boy Arrested Over Fatal Stabbing Of Simon Johnson

Detectives investigating the murder of the father of two have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the fatal stabbing.

The teenager was arrested from his home address in Old Hill, Sandwell, at 9pm on Saturday night and is today being questioned as part of the enquiry.

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police has been granted more time to question an 18-year-old man, from Cradley Heath, who was arrested on Friday night.

Father-of-two Mr Johnson was found dead at an address in Cradley Road, Netherton, on Thursday morning (Aug 11) and a post mortem examination later showed the 41-year-old died from stab wounds. 

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Warren Hines from West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team, said: “The investigation is progressing quickly and clearly this latest arrest is another significant development.

“However, I still really need to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in Cradley Road before Thursday morning – or anyone who has information about the killing or has overheard something that could be important.

“They can speak to us in confidence…and that snippet of information could be crucial in securing justice for Simon’s family.”

Mr Johnson’s wife has issued the following tribute to him: “Simon was loved by all of his family and was a very proud father of two girls. We are devastated by our loss and would like our privacy to be respected as we grieve." 

Information can be passed directly to DI Hines by calling 101 or, to speak anonymously, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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