Sunday, 28 May 2023

Double stabbing outside library as police shut down city centre

Two people have been hospitalised after being stabbed in an altercation on Friday evening. Police continue to investigate the disorder, which caused disruption to Centenary Square off Broad Street last night as a police cordon was put in place for forensic examinations.

West Midlands Police cordoned off a section of Centenary Square that stretched from in front of Library of Birmingham to near the fountains from 5pm yesterday, Birmingham Live reports.

Onlookers described how paramedics joined scores of police officers at the crime scene with an ambulance parked next to Centenary Square tram stop.

The cordon went as far as Baskerville House and over to the library’s auditorium according to our reporter on the scene.

Two people were hospitalised after being injured in the altercation.

A warden from around Broad Street was the first at the scene to provide life-saving treatment before paramedics arrived.

Westside Bid Manager Mike Olley said: “This is a regrettable incident. One of our wardens was there to give support within the vicinity of the library.

“He was the first on the scene and gave medical attention. Upon the arrival of the paramedics, he was told of another incident nearby and went to assist.”

Cops have not yet disclosed details on ages or sex of the victims but said they both were being treated for stab wounds that were serious enough to need treatment in hospital.

Officers made four arrests last night after the disorder.

West Midlands Police has not announced that any charges have yet been made against those arrested.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the double stabbing or noticed anything suspicious around the time of the disorder.

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