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Birmingham stabbings leave one dead, seven injured

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Birmingham stabbings leave one dead, seven injured

One man has died and seven people have been injured in stabbings in Birmingham overnight, West Midlands Police said.

A police statement said: “We can now confirm that we’ve launched a murder investigation following the events in Birmingham city centre overnight.

“A man has tragically died. Another man and a woman have suffered serious injuries and five others have also been injured, although their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

“We believe the incidents, which took place between 12.30am and 2.20am, are linked and we’re doing all we can to find whoever was responsible.”

The West Midlands Police statement added: “We continue to hold a number of scenes across the city, including Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street.

“We’re urging anyone who witnessed anything or anyone who has any CCTV or mobile phone footage to get in contact as soon as possible, as the information you have may be crucial to our investigation.”

A discarded blanket at the scene in Hurst Street, Birmingham, after a number of people were stabbed in the city centre. West Midlands Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing at around 12.30am on Sunday and a number of other stabbings were reported in the area at around the same time.

Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, who is responsible for policing in Birmingham, said: “The events during the early hours of this morning are tragic, shocking and understandably frightening.

“Please be assured that we are doing absolutely everything we can to find whoever was responsible and try to understand what exactly happened.

“We have well-rehearsed plans for dealing with major incidents. Your safety is always our priority and that’s why you’ll see an increase in officers on the streets.

“In the meantime, we’d ask anyone who’s in the city to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”

Chief Superintendent Graham said there is no suggestion stabbings in Birmingham were “motivated by hate”.

He said police are looking for one suspect in relation to stabbings in Birmingham which left one man dead and seven others injured.

Officers were called to reports of a stabbing at around 12.30am on Sunday, which was then followed by reports of other incidents in the area.

The majority of Birmingham’s Hurst Street has been taped off by police, in an area which had already been closed off to traffic to aid social distancing.

Several yellow police evidence markers could be seen on the ground, some near to broken glass.

Two forensic tents had also been sited in nearby Irving Street, close to the gates of a primary school.

The force said: “We are aware of a number of injured people, but at the moment we are not in a position to say how many or how serious.

“However, all emergency services are working together at the scene, and making sure that those who are injured receive medical care.

“Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything. At this early stage it would not be appropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident.”

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Police said the response would be ongoing “for some time” and urged people to stay away from the scene.

They added: “The emergency services have well-rehearsed plans for dealing with major incidents. Our response is ongoing in Birmingham city centre and will be for some time. Cordons are in place, and there are some road closures.”

West Midlands Police said there had not been any reports of gunshots during the incident.

The force said: “We’re aware of some comments that gunshots were fired, this has not been reported to us at this stage.”

One witness, Cara, told BBC Radio Five Live she thought it was “one group of boys against another group of boys”.

She told the station she had heard racial slurs during the incident, adding it was a “multicultural night” in the clubs near the Arcadian complex.

She added: “They were not just having an argument and then fighting, it was straight into fists being thrown. There was not much talking going on.

“Drinks were being dropped, bottles that they had obviously bought in the club, rings were falling off so jewellery was going everywhere, clothes were being torn.

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A police officer at a cordon in Irving Street in Birmingham after a number of people were stabbed in the city centre. West Midlands Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing at around 12.30am on Sunday and a number of other stabbings were reported in the area at around the same time.

“One of the males actually ended up with his hair being pulled out and left with a bald patch.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said those in the vicinity of the major incident in Birmingham should be “very vigilant”.

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, Mr Raab said: “My thoughts are with the victims and their families, there is obviously an ongoing police investigation.

“I can’t say too much more at this stage but people should be very vigilant if they are in that area.”

West Midlands mayor Andy Street said his thoughts are with those affected by the major incident in Birmingham but asked people not to speculate about it.

He tweeted: “I would ask everyone to not speculate about the incident in Birmingham. West Midlands Police are set to hold a press conference this morning. My thoughts are with those affected and my thanks to the emergency services working to deal with this incident.

“The city remains open for business as usual this morning but clearly people are asked to avoid the immediate area surrounding Hurst Street while police carry out their investigation.”

A small blue police tent could be seen covering a small area of pavement in Livery Street, Birmingham, behind a wide police cordon, right next to Snow Hill station, about half a mile from the Irving Street scene.

About 100 yards away, a second small blue tent was visible in Barwick Street, near the junction of Church Street.

Around the corner in Edmund Street, officers had extended a cordon after removing a drain cover and sifting material.

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Police officers at a cordon in Hurst Street in Birmingham after a number of people were stabbed in the city centre. West Midlands Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing at around 12.30am on Sunday and a number of other stabbings were reported in the area at around the same time.

Among the muck and debris could be seen a black-handled kitchen knife with a serrated blade, which was separated and quickly removed by officers.

Dominic Raab said a “very serious incident” had occurred in Birmingham, adding he was not aware of any information providing a link to terrorism.

He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “We know it’s a very serious incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“I think at this point in time we don’t know too much more than that other than to say the public should be very vigilant.”

Mr Marr asked: “At this stage we’re not treating it as a terrorist incident?”

Mr Raab replied: “I haven’t got any information to that extent.”

A short distance away was what appeared to be a trail of blood spots at the pavement in Newhall Street, leading down to Edmund Street.

The majority of Birmingham’s Hurst Street has been taped off by police, in an area which had already been closed off to traffic to aid social distancing.

Several yellow police evidence markers could be seen on the ground, some near to broken glass.

Two forensic tents had also been sited in nearby Irving Street, close to the gates of a primary school.

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