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A "Major Incident" Declared by UK Police after "Multiple People Stabbed" in Birmingham City Centre


British police declared a "major incident" after a number of people have been stabbed in Birmingham city centre early on Sunday.

"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.

The incidents are said to have taken place in the Snow Hill area and near to Birmingham's Arcadian Centre. The two areas are around half a mile apart.

Witnesses reported seeing a woman with very serious injuries, and two people who had been "stabbed in the neck". Small forensic tents were set up on at least two streets.

One witness saw someone being stabbed in Gay Village, and a local club promoter said there was a huge brawl with racial slurs being shouted, as bars and pubs around the Arcadian Centre were packed.

A forensic tent has also been set up on Irving Street, a short walk from the Arcadian Centre. 

"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."

West Midlands Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing at around 00:30 BST on Sunday.

Other stabbings were reported shortly afterwards. Police said there were "a number of injured people" and asked people to stay away from the area.

A "major incident" describes any situation involving serious harm or a security risk to the public.

It also means special arrangements are in place for all of the emergency services to work together.

Footage aired on British television news channels showed large areas of the city centre 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.

A heavy police presence has also been spotted in the area.

Armed police have also been spotted in Colmore Row, near to Barwick Street, this morning.

People are being advised to avoid the area today, as police continue their investigations.

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