'Major incident' in Birmingham after several stabbed: British police

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Sep 06, 2020, 11:56 AM(IST)

Representative image Photograph:( Reuters )

Story highlights

"A number of other stabbings" were reported in the area shortly after and  "this has been declared a major incident", the statement added.

A "major incident" was declared by the British police on Sunday after several people were stabbed in the centre of England's second city Birmingham.

"We can confirm that at approximately 12:30am today (Sunday 6 September) we were called to reports of a stabbing in Birmingham city centre", West Midlands Police said in a statement.

"A number of other stabbings" were reported in the area shortly after and  "this has been declared a major incident", the statement added.

"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 receive medical care."

According to the footage shown by British news channels, large areas of the city centre have been cordoned off as police officers wearing forensic suits worked at the scene.

"Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything," West Midlands Police said. 

"At this early stage it would not be appropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident."

(Inputs from AFP)

Read in App