Police launch double murder inquiry after two men stabbed in robbery at cannabis factory

Police have launched a double murder probe after two men were stabbed to death in a suspected robbery at a cannabis factory (PA)

Police have launched a murder investigation after two men were stabbed to death in what is believed to be a robbery at a cannabis factory.

West Midlands Police said it received several 999 calls just after 3.30am on Thursday morning reporting a group of young men trying to get into a house in Brierley Hill, West Midlands.

The force said a fight spilled out into the street, leaving two men with stab wounds, while a car had also crashed into parked vehicles.

Police were called after a group of men tried to force their way into a house in Brierley Hill, West Midlands (PA)

One man was pronounced dead at the scene while a second man, who was driven to hospital, later died in hospital having suffered also been stabbed, the force said.

Announcing that the force has launched a double murder investigation, it said a cannabis factory was later found inside a property in Pensnett Road.

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Police said detectives have arrested one man on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and enquires are underway to identify the other men involved.

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.”

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened at around 3.30am on Thursday (PA)

He continued: “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.”