A number of people have been stabbed in what the police described as a “major incident” in Birmingham city centre on Sunday, shortly after midnight. West Midlands Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing at around 00:30 BST (British Summer Time) on Sunday.
“We can confirm that at approximately 12:30am today we were called to reports of a stabbing in #Birmingham city centre. We immediately attended, along with colleagues from the ambulance service. A number of other stabbings were reported in the area shortly after,” the West Midlands Police tweeted.
We immediately attended, along with colleagues from the ambulance service. A number of other stabbings were reported in the area shortly after.
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) September 6, 2020
“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 received medical care,” the police said in another tweet.
“This has been declared a major incident. 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,” the statement further said.
Officers have set up a cordon at the junction of Hurst Street, a popular nightlife area in the city centre referred to as Gay Village, and Bromsgrove Street.
Many people had been seated at outdoor tables eating and drinking on Saturday evening just before the incident. The streets had already been closed to traffic due to coronavirus restrictions.
People have been urged to stay away from the area and remain calm and vigilant.
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