UPDATE 20:40hrs: The Birmingham Mail is now reporting that the injured man is David Hickman, owner of Dark Arts Gym and also of Dark Arts Tattoo in Rubery. There are no updates as yet on his condition. More updates as we get them. Marty Taylor

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Two men have been arrested following an incident which saw another admitted to hospital with critical injuries in Northfield last night (Monday 9th July). West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses to the fall.

A 38 year old man was found with serious head and spinal injuries beneath a two-storey raised walkway leading to a gym behind Bristol Road South at around 8pm. Twitter user Dan Phelps noted that the area surrounding Dark Arts Gym and Northfield Boxing Club, to the rear of Northfield InShops, was cordoned off this morning.

Passersby assisted the man before he was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Forensic investigators have conducted tests at the scene and CCTV has also been seized.

A number of people have already been spoken with but detectives continue to appeal for witnesses to contact them.

“We remain open minded as to what happen last night on the stairs, but our initial inquiries suggest that there was some sort of altercation prior to the victim falling from the walkway,” said Detective Inspector Ian Ingram from Force CID.

“At this time we’re working hard to establish what happened in the moments leading up to the man’s fall so I would ask that anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident calls police as soon as possible.

“I am particularly keen to hear from the people who tended to the injured man until the ambulance service arrived. I believe these people may have information vital to our investigation.”

Police were alerted to the incident at around 8.20pm following a call from the ambulance service.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder last night with a 21-year-old man also being arrested on suspicion of wounding.

“I would like to reassure the public that despite the shocking nature of this incident, we’ve reduced serious violent crimes in Birmingham,” added Det Insp Ingram.

Patrols have been increased in the area to reassure concerned members of the public.

Anyone with information should call Force CID on 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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