(West Midlands Police)

Updated: Man Arrested Following Multiple Stabbings in Birmingham, U.K.

A man has been arrested after several people were stabbed in Birmingham, U.K. on Sunday.

Police and ambulance crews were called to reports of a stabbing in Birmingham city center, U.K. shortly after midnight on Sunday September 6. A number of other stabbings were reported in the area shortly after. Questions will no doubt be asked as to why the suspect was able to move around the city center for almost 90 minutes following the first attack.

At least one man has died and at least seven others are injured, two seriously. Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing several fist fights and car crashes as well as people with knife wounds. 

West Midlands Police declared a major incident and began a manhunt which culminated in the arrest of the suspect at 4am local time Monday September 7. He was charged on September 8 and named as Zephaniah McLeod, aged 27. British newspaper The Sun reports that McLeod was previously in prison, and suffers from metal health disorders. 

Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said victims appeared to be attacked at random, but there was “absolutely no suggestion” they were terror-related.

Read the statement at West Midlands Police

This story was updated on September 9 to include news of the arrest and charge of McLeod.

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Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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