Multiple people stabbed as police declare ‘major incident’ in city centre

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Multiple people have been stabbed in Birmingham city centre, with police declaring a major incident.

West Midlands Police said there were "a number" of victims, but the severity of their injuries was not immediately known.

Officers were called to reports of a stabbing at around 12.30am on Sunday, with a number reported in the area shortly afterwards.

They set up a cordon at the junction of Hurst Street – a nightlife spot in the city centre – and Bromsgrove Street.

It is near an area known as the Gay Village, the BBC reports.

The force said: "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.

"Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything. At this early stage it would not be appropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident."

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Many people had been seated at outdoor tables eating and drinking on Saturday evening.

The streets in the area had already been closed to traffic due to coronavirus restrictions.

Officers have urged people to stay away from the area and remain calm.

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