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Media captionPolice are looking for this man after an attacker killed one victim and wounded seven other people

Footage of a man suspected of killing one person and injuring seven others in a spate of stabbings across Birmingham city centre has been released.

The attacks in the early hours sparked a massive police manhunt for the suspect.

A 23-year-old man was killed in Irving Street at 01:50 BST, West Midlands Police said. A man and a woman, aged 19 and 32, suffered critical injuries.

Five other people, aged between 23 and 33, were also hurt.

They were taken to hospital and so far two have been discharged.

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The public are urged to remain vigilant and not to approach the man pictured

The CCTV footage shows a man wearing a baseball cap and a dark hoodie with white drawstrings.

“We are appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the footage to contact us urgently. If you see him, please do not approach him, but dial 999 immediately,” said Ch Supt Steve Graham, who urged the public to remain vigilant.

The stabbings do not appear to be terrorism related or gang related, police said.

Mr Graham said: “At this stage we believe that the attacks were random and we have no indication of a motive.”

‘Impact on the city’

West Midlands Police were first called to Constitution Hill where a man sustained a superficial injury just after 00:30 BST.

Officers were called to Livery Street 20 minutes later, where the 19-year-old man was critically injured and a woman was also hurt.

An hour later at 01:50 BST, police were sent to Irving Street, where the 23-year-old died and another man suffered serious injuries.

Ten minutes later, they were called to Hurst Street where the 32-year-old woman was critically injured and two men suffered lesser injuries.

Mr Graham added: “We do not underestimate the impact that these incidents have had on the city of Birmingham today.

“We declared this a major incident at the earliest opportunity and we have drafted in scores of officers to help with the investigation and patrol the city to reassure residents and visitors that we are doing all we can to apprehend the person responsible.”


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