(LONDON) — A person was killed and 7 folks injured in late-night stabbings in a busy nightlife space of the central England metropolis of Birmingham, police mentioned Sunday.
Police mentioned they have been looking for a lone male suspect in what gave the impression to be random assaults.
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham of West Midlands Police mentioned detectives have been nonetheless investigating the motive however “there may be completely no suggestion in any respect that that is terror-related.”
West Midlands Police mentioned officers have been known as to stories of a stabbing shortly after midnight on Sunday. That was quickly adopted by stories of different stabbings throughout town middle over two hours.
Police mentioned they believed the stabbings have been linked and have launched a homicide investigation.
Graham mentioned two of the seven injured folks, a person and a girl, have been in important situation in hospitals. 5 others acquired “comparatively minor” accidents.
Birmingham is England’s second-largest metropolis, 120 miles (193 kilometers) northwest of London.
One of many stabbing websites is within the metropolis’s Homosexual Village, however Graham mentioned there was no suggestion the crime was “motivated by hate.” He additionally mentioned it didn’t look like gang-related.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that it was a “horrible incident” and thanked the emergency companies.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Road urged folks “to not speculate in regards to the incident” and to “stay calm however vigilant.” Police arrange cordons at a number of websites across the metropolis middle, an space stuffed with bars and nightclubs.
Nightlife has been regularly resuming within the metropolis because the U.Ok. emerges from its coronavirus lockdown.
Cara Curran, a membership promoter, mentioned she noticed a number of folks preventing on the street, although it was unclear whether or not that was related to the stabbings.
“It was one group of boys in opposition to one other group of boys,” she instructed the BBC, including that “racial slurs” have been being thrown.
Official statistics present knife crime is on the rise within the U.Ok., the place most weapons are outlawed, although the variety of homicides with blades fell in 2019 from the yr earlier than.
Britain has seen a number of latest extremist knife assaults, together with a stabbing rampage in a metropolis park in Studying, close to London, in June that killed three folks. A Libyan man has been charged.