Updates: Birmingham Knife Rampage

Following dramatic scenes of the knife rampage, a 27-year-old man was arrested at a property in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham. In the early hours of Monday morning, West Midlands Police swooped on the property, arresting the man suspected of carrying out the gruesome knife rampage. Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, commander of Birmingham police, revealed, “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.”

West Midlands Police Response to Knife Rampage

Arrested on one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder, the suspect’s knife rampage lasted for two hours. The stabbings took place in four separate locations across the city centre, as the knife killer was able to roam freely. West Midlands Police has been faced with criticism about failing to stop the knife man, during the time he took to commit the heinous acts. Local Labour MP Khalid Mahmood told The Times, “We’ve got to look at the fact (the suspect) had two hours to run around the city centre, which has a huge amount of CCTV cameras in place. Where was the monitoring? Both the public and police were put at further risk. There is a person dead. How was this man able to go on a two-hour spate?” Despite the criticism, West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson praised officers, describing them to have acted “extraordinarily well.”