Birmingham: multiple stabbings in city centre

UK – West Midlands police have declared a major incident in Birmingham city centre after a series of stabbings.

Police said there were a number of victims, but the severity of their injuries was not immediately known. It urged people to stay away from the area, which is cordoned off, and warned of a greater police presence.

Officers were initially called to reports of a stabbing at about 12.30am on Sunday, with “a number of other stabbings” reported in the area shortly after.

The force said: “We are aware of a number of injured people, but at the moment we are not in a position to say how many or how serious.

“However, all emergency services are working together at the scene, and making sure that those who are injured receive medical care.

“Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything. At this early stage it would not be appropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident.”

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