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Police release CCTV footage of Birmingham stabbings suspect


Police investigating a series of stabbings in Birmingham – one of them fatal – have released CCTV images of a suspect.

The pictures show a man wearing a baseball cap and a dark hoodie with white drawstrings, dark trousers and shoes.

Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, from West Midlands Police, said officers had "worked throughout the day to trawl footage".

Image: People are warned not to approach the suspect

Witnesses have been interviewed to "ensure we release the best possible video and image of the man we want to speak to", he added.

The force said extra officers had "flooded the city centre", adding that "four scenes have been held throughout the day and forensic experts have examined each area".


Detectives said there was "no suggestion" the attacks were linked to terrorism.

A 23-year-old man suffered fatal injuries, police said, while a 19-year-old man and a woman, 32, suffered critical injuries.

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Another five people, aged between 23 and 33, were taken to hospital after also being hurt. Two have been discharged so far.

Mr Graham said: "At this stage we believe that the attacks were random and we have no indication of a motive.

"I would urge people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us."

A knife lies on the pavement after being recovered by police from a drain following reported stabbings in Birmingham September 6, 2020 - it is not known if this is the weapon used
Image: A knife was recovered by police from a drain at the scene, although it is not known if it was used in the attacks

Anyone who recognises the man is advised not to approach him, and to call 999 immediately.

The force has a "hotline number and a dedicated web page where you can submit information, photos and videos", Mr Graham said.

Earlier, police said they believed the stabbings were linked.

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