A murder investigation has been launched after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death.

The teenager was discovered with fatal injuries on Herbert Road in Small Heath, Birmingham, at around 8pm on Wednesday, West Midlands Police said.

The boy had suffered serious stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fatal stabbing in BirminghamPolice activity in Small Heath, Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)

A 15-year-old boy was treated by paramedics after he was assaulted and suffered minor injuries, the force added.

Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster, from the force’s homicide team, said on Thursday: “The investigation is in its early stages and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in Herbert Road or Sara Park at just before 8pm last night.

“A teenager has sadly lost his life and another was assaulted. We are working hard to establish the circumstances around what happened.”

Fatal stabbing in BirminghamPolice cordon in Small Heath (Aaron Chown/PA)

Police have said a cordon is in place while inquiries are carried out in the area.

The force are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.