West Midlands Police have launched a double murder investigation after two men died from knife injuries in what is believed to have been a robbery at a cannabis factory on Thursday in Brierley Hill.

Police received several 999 calls just after 3.30am on Thursday 20th February from members of the public reporting a group of young men trying to force entry to a house in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill, Birmingham.

A fight spilled out into the street during which two men suffered stab wounds and a car crashed into parked vehicles.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene while a second man, who was driven to hospital, later died from his knife wounds.

Police officers conducted a search and a cannabis factory was later found inside a property in Pensnett Road.

Detectives have arrested one man on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and enquiries are underway to identify other men involved in the robbery and subsequent stabbings.

Homicide Unit Inspector Nick Barnes, said:

“We believe this property was deliberately targeted by a group of men who knew it was being used to cultivate cannabis.

“Witnesses have reported the property being attacked, windows broken, and men running away carrying plants.

“In the ensuing disorder two men have suffered fatal knife wounds.

“We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the disorder or people or vehicles leaving the scene to get in touch.

“I’d also like to hear from any motorists who were in the area at the time and have dash cam footage as they also may have recorded something important.”

Anyone who has any information relating to this incident please contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Callers will not be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.

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