Appeal for passengers on number 11A bus to come forward following fatal stabbing

Police are appealing for passengers on a Birmingham bus to come forward following a fatal stabbing.

At 10.43pm last night (Monday 23 January) police received a call from a member of the public reporting that a passenger had been attacked.

Officers and other emergency services were immediately dispatched to the scene in Rookery Road, Handsworth, where a 35-year-old man was found with multiple stab wounds on the upper deck of the bus.

Emergency services carried out CPR at the scene, but unfortunately he died a short time later from his injuries.

Detectives are investigating the murder and are appealing for passengers on the top deck of a number 11A bus to come forward.

Enquiries to trace the offender who left the bus at Wellington Road, Hamstead continues. The suspect is described as a black man, believed to be aged between 25 and 30 years and has short dreadlocks. He was
last seen wearing a puffa jacket, he was wearing headphones over a baseball cap and was carrying a duffel type bag.

The victim who is from Smethwick has not been formally identified and a post mortem will be conducted to establish the cause of death.

Temporary Superintendent Tom Chisholm, from the force’s CID, said: “This is a fast paced enquiry and we are doing everything we can to catch the person responsible.

“We have been examining CCTV from the bus and we know that there were five passengers on the top deck who may have seen the attack.

“Only one person has come forward and I am appealing to the three men and one woman who was travelling on the bus to contact me at their earliest opportunity.

“They may not have realised what was going on or the severity of the incident, but they are key witnesses and I need to speak to them.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone who has any knowledge of who the man responsible could be to contact me.

“Has someone come home with blood on their clothes, does the description match anyone you know? If the answer is yes then please call me.

“The family of the man who has been killed are being supported by specialist officers and our thoughts remain with them at this time.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or in an emergency they are advised to dial 999. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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