City rocked by 12 hours of violence as one dead and five more stabbed

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At least six people were stabbed within just 12 hours in a bloody weekend on Birmingham’s streets.

The violence began as at least four people were knifed during a vicious melee involving up to 15 people in the Jewellery Quarter shortly before 5am Saturday.

Just six hours later, a knifeman allegedly threatened to kill people inside a mini market.

But armed police rushed to the area and arrested a man at gunpoint before anyone could be hurt.

Later the same afternoon, a man was stabbed in the neck and arm as a fight broke out between two car occupants, reports Birmingham Live.

And the city’s horrifying day of violence finally ended in tragedy as a man was found slumped in the roadside with a fatal stab wound to his chest just before 5pm.

Five people – three men, a woman and a girl of 15 – were arrested.

Below shows the timeline of stabbings within just 12 hours in four of Birmingham’s most well-known roads.

Saturday 4.40am
The violence began in the early hours of Saturday, August 22 as ‘at least’ four people were stabbed during large-scale disorder.

One man was left seriously hurt in hospital after he was knifed in the violence at around 4.40am in the Jewellery Quarter.

A major road was closed by police for more than seven hours while investigations were carried out.

Police said ‘at least’ four people had suffered stab injuries in the disorder, which is thought to have involved up to 15 people.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding and remained in police custody.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We received several reports of a disorder at 4.40am today (22 Aug) around Great Hampton Street, near Vyse Street, in Birmingham.

“It’s understood up to 15 people may have been involved. At least four people suffered stab injuries, including one man who is seriously ill in hospital.

“One man aged 24 has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and remains in police custody.”

Saturday 11am
Around six hours later, a knifeman allegedly ‘threatened to kill people’ inside a mini market in Washwood Heath Road.

A 25-year-old was arrested at gunpoint after an armed man entered the International Mini Market with a blade.

Armed police raced to the scene just before 11am following reports he ‘made threats to attack people with a knife’ inside the shop.

A heroic shopkeeper kept calm as he secretly raised the alarm with police while serving the alleged knifeman – who remained in police custody on Sunday morning.

Supt Jack Hadley said: “This was a very dynamic incident and it was imperative we got officers to the scene to apprehend the man and protect the public.

“Thankfully no one was hurt and the suspect was swiftly traced to a park area where he was handcuffed and arrested.”

Saturday 4pm
The violence continued on another major city route as trouble sparked between occupants of two cars.

The victim was stabbed in the neck after a fight broke out at the junction of Poplar Road and Stratford Road at around 4pm.

Emergency services raced to the scene and the victim, who suffered injuries to his neck and arm, was taken to hospital.

His injuries were not said to be serious and an investigation was launched, with witnesses urged to come forward.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “It’s understood a fight broke out between the occupants of two cars in Stratford Road at about 4pm on Saturday (August 22).

“One man suffered knife wounds to his neck and arm. He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be serious.

“Enquiries are underway.”

Saturday 4.55pm
Less than an hour later, a man was found slumped on the roadside with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers were called after the victim collapsed at the side of Bristol Road, Bournbrook shortly before 5pm.

He was taken to hospital for his fatal injury, but was pronounced dead at around 6.15pm.

A woman, aged 28, and a 15-year-old schoolgirl were arrested at the scene and remained in police custody.

In the early hours of Sunday, police also arrested three men from separate addresses in Nottingham.

The trio – aged 22, 30 and 40 – were being transported to the West Midlands Police Station for questioning on Sunday morning.

Efforts to formally identify the victim were still ongoing as police appealed for witnesses and information.

Det Insp Stu Mobberley, who is leading the investigation, said: “We’ve made rapid progress overnight having worked with colleagues at Nottinghamshire Police to arrested three men we believe were involved in the stabbing.

“Our enquiries continue and we are actively seeking at least one other person.

“I still really need to hear from anyone who was in Mill Pool Way, Bournbrook, at around 4-5pm yesterday and who saw what happened or any disorder to get in touch.

“They may have seen something important so please call.”