[UPDATE 9th August 2012 – a 28 year old man has been charged with the murder of Natasha Trevis and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court later today
18:30 Defendant remanded in custody, to re-appear Monday 13th August]
West Midlands Police have formally named the woman who died following an attack in a taxi in Northfield yesterday morning as 22 year old mum of three Natasha Trevis of Weoley Castle.
A man, who it is believed was a passenger in the taxi with her, fled the scene as the taxi driver called emergency services for help.
A post mortem today revealed that Natasha died at the scene from multiple stab wounds.
A 28 year old man was arrested after he was found in a garden in Allens Farm Road, Northfield just after 6pm yesterday evening. Detectives have been given further time for questioning – they have until tomorrow morning to question the man who was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Specialist liaison officers from West Midlands Police continue to support Natasha’s family during this traumatic time.
B31 Voices extend their sincere condolences to Natasha’s family and friends.
A statement from West Midlands Police reads:
We would like to thank the local community for their support throughout the initial investigation and apologise for any disruption or concern the incident may have caused.
Our main priority throughout the murder hunt was to ensure the safety of local people.
Despite the arrest, we are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
Incidents of this nature are thankfully few and far between across Birmingham and we would like to reassure local residents that we remain fully committed to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour across Northfield.
Local patrols have been increased to offer reassurance to concerned members of the public and we would urge anybody to contact us if they have any further concerns.
Anyone with information that may assist our inquiries should call Force CID in Birmingham by dialing 101. Alternatively, if you do not wish to speak to police, you may call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Video report from Birmingham Mail – including some local reaction