Birmingham stabbings: Murder suspect arrested over series of city centre attacks
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder over a series of stabbings in Birmingham yesterday.
The suspect was detained at an address in Selly Oak at around 4am this morning after West Midlands Police detectives worked through the night in a bid to catch the man responsible.
The 27-year-old remains in police custody for questioning over the knife attacks that shocked the city in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A 23-year-old man suffered fatal injuries in Irving Street having been stabbed in what officers believe was a random attack.
A man and a woman, aged 19 and 32, suffered serious stab wounds and remain in hospital in a critical condition. Five other people, aged between 23 and 33, were less seriously hurt.
The first attack happened in Constitution Hill followed by further stabbings in Livery Street, Irving Street and finally Hurst Street.
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.”
WATCH: CCTV footage of the Birmingham knife attacks suspect
Police have asked the public to upload any vital video footage or images they may have from the events surrounding the attacks here. Anyone wishing to call with information relating to these incidents can contact 0800 056 0944.