Man, 27, arrested on suspicion of murder after Birmingham stabbing spree

A 27-year-old man has been arrested over a series of ‘random’ knife attacks in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The suspect was arrested at an address in Selly Oak area at around 4am today after a manhunt was launched to find the lone knifeman. Armed police remained on the streets yesterday to reassure members of the public.

He is accused of murder and seven counts of attempted murder, West Midlands Police said.

The force say a 23-year-old man suffered fatal injuries after being stabbed in what they 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.

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.’

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