Police ‘waited 15 hours’ following Birmingham gay village rampage

West Midlands Police took 15 hours to release CCTV, after a man went on a knife rampage across Gay Village, Birmingham.

A man is being held on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

The suspect was detained at an address in Selly Oak, wherer warrant was executed at 4am. A 27-year-old man remains in police custody.

A victim, 23, suffered fatal injuries in Irving Street. The male was stabbed, unprovoked.

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 also hurt.

The first attack happened in Constitution Hill. This was followed by further stabbings in Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street.

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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