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The 12-year-old boys who savagely murdered Shawn ­Seesahai must be named to avoid "more bloodshed", former police officers have said.

Calls are growing for the two killers to be named after being found guilty of the 19-year-old’s machete murder in a Wolverhampton park.

The murderers - who are the UK’s youngest knife killers ever - have not been named due to their age.

Seesahai was shoulder-barged by the smaller of the two defendants, who "often" carried a machete, before being punched, kicked, stamped on and "chopped" at with the weapon.

Discussing calls for naming the children, former Met officer Peter Bleksley said: "It must be done to deter youngsters picking up knives."

"We don’t have enough deterrents these days, which is why criminals roam the streets without fear. Naming and shaming sometimes works," he told The Sun.

Dai Davies, a former Met Commander, added: "Unmasking them could act as a deterrent for other youngsters.

"Secondly, it would expose the feral kids that they are."

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Seesahai was struck with the weapon on his back, legs, and skull with a blow so hard on the latter that a "piece of bone had actually come away", jurors were told.

At next month's sentencing, Judge Mrs Justice Amanda Tipples will decide whether the boys can be named after hearing evidence.

The 19-year-old, a stranger to the two boys, was pronounced dead just after 9pm on November 13, after police and paramedics were called to Wolverhampton’s Stowlawn playing fields.

As well as failing to summon help for Seesahai, the defendants showed no remorse for what they had done in the 24 hours before their arrest – with one cleaning the machete with bleach and hiding it under his bed.

Det Insp Damian Forrest from West Midlands Police described the case as "shocking".

"Sadly, this is not the first case that I have investigated of a young man losing his life to knife crime but it is the first that I have looked at two 12-year-olds being responsible," he said.

"That is something that took me by surprise and will stay with me."

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