One man was killed and two people critically injured during a “random” stabbing attack in Britain’s second city of Birmingham, West Midlands Police said on Sunday.
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham has said there is nothing to suggest the incident was motivated by hate or gang-related. He added that the stabbings appeared to be a random attack.
“Clearly those of you who know Birmingham city centre know that Hurst Street is part of the gay community’s night-time economy but there’s absolutely no suggestion at this point that this was in any way, shape or form motivated by hate,” he told reporters.
Asked whether the incident was gang-related, he said: “At this stage, we can’t find a particular motive but it does appear to be random in terms of the selection of the people who were attacked.”
He also said there was no evidence to show it was related to “people squabbling over tables” in the city centre.
– Boris Johnson says ‘thoughts are with those affected’
The prime minister tweeted to thank emergency services
All my thoughts are with those affected by the terrible incident in Birmingham last night.
My thanks to the emergency services who are working hard at the scene. Anyone with information should contact @WMPolice
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 6, 2020