Seven teenagers have been jailed for life for the murder of Bailey Atkinson, who was brutally attacked with blades and machetes in Walsall last year

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Seven teenagers have been jailed for life for the murder of Bailey Atkinson, who was brutally attacked with blades and machetes in Walsall last year

In spite of open-heart surgery at the scene, Bailey died from multiple stab wounds to his back, arms and legs.

Seven Teenagers Have Been Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Bailey Atkinson, Who Was Brutally Attacked With Blades And Machetes In Walsall Last Year

Bailey had moved to Walsall from Coventry two years previously to escape a gang lifestyle, but sadly became embroiled in Walsall’s own warring groups.

Seven Teenagers Have Been Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Bailey Atkinson, Who Was Brutally Attacked With Blades And Machetes In Walsall Last Year

On the evening of 27 January 2023, Bailey was out with a female friend. A taxi dropped them in Walsall town centre and they were walking past the market stalls when a car swerved towards them.

Seven Teenagers Have Been Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Bailey Atkinson, Who Was Brutally Attacked With Blades And Machetes In Walsall Last Year

Bailey told his friend to “run” as he also ran along the High Street.

Seven Teenagers Have Been Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Bailey Atkinson, Who Was Brutally Attacked With Blades And Machetes In Walsall Last Year

There were two cars in convoy, a Toyota Verso and a Seat Leon, both had been stolen in previous days.

Seven Teenagers Have Been Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Bailey Atkinson, Who Was Brutally Attacked With Blades And Machetes In Walsall Last Year

The nine occupants of both vehicles had met up on a supermarket car park shortly before they drove into the town centre looking for Bailey. It’s thought they sought him in retaliation for an attack on a brother of one of their number by Bailey two months previously.

Seven Teenagers Have Been Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Bailey Atkinson, Who Was Brutally Attacked With Blades And Machetes In Walsall Last Year

They cornered Bailey by Lower Hall Lane and drove at him.

Seven Teenagers Have Been Jailed For Life For The Murder Of Bailey Atkinson, Who Was Brutally Attacked With Blades And Machetes In Walsall Last Year

Bailey managed to escape, but the cars circled and caught up with him further along the High Street where six of the occupants got out and attacked Bailey with machetes and zombie knives. Bailey didn’t stand a chance.

His attackers got back in the cars leaving him on the floor, one even stopped to try to take a photo of Bailey on his mobile phone, as he lay bleeding on the floor.

All occupants of the cars made off to Slater Street in Wolverhampton where the cars were found burnt out just minutes after the killing.

Police were at Bailey’s side in less than five minutes and began CPR, but sadly he was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Detectives launched a meticulous investigation, examining hours of CCTV and mobile phone evidence, plotting each of the defendants’ movements to establish their part in Bailey’s murder.

In March, after a ten-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court, seven teenagers, who were aged between 15 and 18 at the time of the attack, were found guilty of Bailey’s murder.

They were sentenced yesterday at the same court.

Benjamin Wilkes, aged 18, of Guild Avenue, Bloxwich, was given a life sentence and ordered to serve at least 18 years.

Patrick Brookes aged 18 of Hunter Crescent, Walsall, was given a life sentence and ordered to serve at least 20 years.

Sonny Loveridge aged 19 of Irvine Road, Bloxwich, was given a life sentence and ordered to serve at least 23 years.

Ronan McCulloch aged 18 of Livingstone Road, Bloxwich, was given a life sentence and ordered to serve at least 21 years.

Three other teens – all aged 17 – were convicted and cannot be named due to their age.

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