A 27-year-old man has been arrested for murder and attempted murder after one person died and seven others were injured in stabbings across Birmingham yesterday. He was arrested at an address in the Selly Oak area of the city at around 4am.
CCTV images of the suspect were released last night by West Midlands Police.
CCTV image released last night of the suspect
The knife attacks took place at four different locations across the city centre over a 90 minute period in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police said the suspect was being questioned in custody.
Police attended the first scene at Constitution Hill just after 12.30am, where a man received a superficial injury. Around 20 minutes later they were called to Livery Street, near Snow Hill railway station, where a 19-year-old man received critical injuries and a woman was wounded.
At 1.50am a 23-year-old man suffered fatal injuries at Irving Street and another was seriously injured. A 32-year-old woman was then critically injured at 2am in Hurst Street, in the city’s Gay Village, and two men received lesser injuries.
West Midlands Police said they believe the attacks to be “random.”
Birmingham Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, said: “Officers worked through yesterday and into the early hours of this morning in a bid to trace the man we believe responsible for these terrible crimes.
“We issued CCTV footage of the suspect and had a strong response from the public. I’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal and who provided information to the investigation.
“One line of enquiry ultimately led us to an address in the Selly Oak area this morning where a man was arrested.
“Clearly this is a crucial development but our investigation continues. We still need to speak to any witnesses who saw what happened who’ve not yet spoken to us, or anyone who may have video footage or photos of the incidents or the attacker.
“We have a hotline number and a dedicated web page where you can submit information, photos and videos.”A Hotline has been set up for anyone with info. Please call 0800 056 0944.
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