One dead, several injured after stabbings in Birmingham

One dead, several injured after stabbings in Birmingham”

Police have labeled the attack a "major incident", but said it was too early "to speculate on the causes of the incident".

One small blue forensic tent was seen in Barwick Street and two other tents were put up in Irving Street, close to the gates of a primary school.

Cara Curran, a club promoter, said she saw multiple people fighting in the street, though it was unclear whether that was connected to the stabbings. "Five others have also been injured".

She said she had finished her shift at about 00:30 BST and was drinking with colleagues when she heard a "loud bang and quite a lot of commotion".

"We believe the incidents, which took place between 12.30am and 2.20am, are linked and we're doing all we can to find whoever was responsible", Mr Graham said.

Police said they were hunting for a lone male suspect over the apparently random attacks in the city centre early on Sunday morning.

Officers have set up a cordon at the junction of Hurst Street - a popular nightlife area in the city centre - and Bromsgrove Street.

"I must pay tribute to the ambulance staff who worked so hard at the scene and en-route to hospital to help each of the patients hurt".

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A major incident refers to an emergency that requires the special arrangments of more than one emergency service, local authority or the National Health Service.

Several yellow police evidence markers could also be seen on the ground, some near to broken glass.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street told BBC Radio 4: "There have been a series of incidents in that Hurst Street area of the city, they look to be related but the motivation for them is not yet understood". "The area is calm and the public has been told to go about their business but remain vigilant".

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was "a very serious incident".

"This has not been reported to us at this stage", the force wrote on Twitter early on Sunday.

"My first thoughts are with the victims and their families at this time".

"I have every faith in West Midlands Police who are working extremely quickly on this investigation".

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