West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses after two men died following a double stabbing in Birmingham city centre at just before 6pm this evening (11 Jan). Shoppers and workers in the city were shocked by the attacks which took place in a busy area at rush hour.
One victim is understood to have been stabbed outside Martineau Place’s Sainsburys store whilst the other was found near Boots in Union Street having also suffered fatal injuries. Both men are believed to be in their 40s.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two men who had been stabbed and were being given excellent first aid by police officers and passers-by.
“Both men went into cardiac arrest. Crews and the team of medics administered advanced life support to both men but sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead on scene.”
Police arrested a man near the Odeon Cinema in New Street within minutes of the attacks, but need vital information from witnesses.
Birmingham Police Inspector David Keen, said: “Two men have suffered fatal injuries – these have been inflicted in the heart of the city at a busy time when workers and shoppers would be heading home.
“There are potentially hundreds of witnesses, either people who saw the stabbings or the offender leaving the scene, and I’d urge people to get in touch immediately – they could have vital information.
“A large police presence was quickly on the scene and a man was arrested swiftly.”
Forensics and search experts have cordoned off several scenes in and around Union Street to preserve evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on the 101 number.