Police tents and cordons have been erected across Birmingham city centre after one man was killed and seven more were hurt in two hours of terrifying violence.
Four separate scenes were in place in the heart of the city after eight ‘random’ attacks between 12.30am – 2.20am on Sunday morning, September 6.
Emergency services were first deployed to a stabbing in the north of the city centre in Constitution Hill. The violence continued in Livery Street – where a small blue police tent was this morning seen erected on the pavement.
A short distance away, a small police tent could be seen on the pavement where Barwick Street meets Church Street.
Irving Street was the next location named by police. There, a large blue police tent and smaller tent had been pitched in the wake of the attacks.
The major incident eventually came to an end in Hurst Street at the junction of Bromsgrove Street, which also remains cordoned off by police.
The streets were closed for forensic analysis as detectives continue to hunt one suspect who is said to be responsible for the attacks.
One man tragically died of his injuries and two others, a man and a woman, are in hospital in a critical condition. Five more, who suffered minor injuries, were taken to hospital.
West Midlands Police were unable to confirm the location where a man was fatally stabbed as victims’ families are still being informed, but said stabbings took place in each of the four linked incidents.
The public has been urged to avoid the areas and remain vigilant as police ask witnesses or anyone with video footage to come forward.
The latest statement from West Midlands Police read: “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.
“Detectives are following a number of lines of enquiry and we’ve increased our uniformed and armed response in the city.
“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.”
Speaking at a police press conference, Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said there was no suggestion the attacks were hate crimes or gang related.
He said it appeared they were random attacks as they could not find any links between the victim and the suspect.
The Chief Superintendent, who is responsible for policing in Birmingham, added: “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.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat on our website or call 101. If you are in danger please call 999.