Youth held over screwdriver stab death in Birmingham

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a father-of-two who was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver, police said today.

The teenager, from Birmingham, was detained last night by officers investigating the death of 24-year-old Sarfraz Khan, West Midlands Police said.

Mr Khan, from Hodge Hill, Birmingham, died in hospital earlier this week, four days after being stabbed during an argument near a children's play area in the Sparkbrook area.

A police spokesman said the 16-year-old is being questioned by detectives from the West Midlands Major Investigation Unit.

Detectives believe Mr Khan, whose daughters are aged two and four, became involved in an argument after a group of up to eight teenagers, including at least two girls, objected to him urinating at the Larches Green play area.

Officers are still appealing for witnesses to the incident and are keen to speak to two female teenagers who they believe were at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Baker, the senior investigating officer in the case, said police also want to trace a teenage boy thought to be aged 16 or 17.

The officer added: "I am appealing specifically to the girls who were in the group on Friday night to come forward.

"We have a proven track record in protecting witnesses and in the first instance all information provided to us will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

Mr Khan's relatives paid tribute to him yesterday as a considerate and caring man.

In a statement issued by West Midlands Police, the victim's family said: "He had two daughters who are still waiting for their daddy to come back.

"The family is devastated and are suffering because of his death, which has caused a lot of grief and sorrow."