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Darkness descends…

I don’t usually repost our witness appeals as the relevant section on the force’s website does the job well enough without me, having noticed though that quite a few people are finding my blog after searching for information on yesterday’s tragic murder of Christina Edkins, a few words here would seem useful.

The best sources of up to date information on the incident remains our website and official Twitter feed, @WMPolice, and so that’s where you need to look first and foremost.

Going from today’s press release, detectives investigating the attack are keen to trace the movements of the suspect before and after the stabbing itself which occurred on the number nine bus on Hagley Road, Birmingham, at around 07:30 yesterday morning.

A male was arrested under suspicion of murder shortly afterwards, he has been described as black, in his early twenties, carrying a white bag and wearing a distinctive ‘tiger print’ jacket as pictured above.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the stabbing, however the weapon used in the attack is yet to be located and members of the public providing officers with possible sightings may well narrow down the search for this very important piece of evidence.

If you recall seeing a male matching the above description, were on the number nine bus or can provide any other information on the incident then please don’t hesitate to call us on 101.

Local boy in the photograph…

CCTV image from the disorder in Birmingham on August 8th - can you help identify those responsible?

With shop owners and resident picking up the pieces after some totally unacceptable disorder in the West Midlands, we’re keen to begin identifying and prosecuting those responsible.

To this end we’ve set up Operation View and are encouraging you to look at the images captured on CCTV during the incident and then contact us if you’re able to make an identification of the offenders.

Images from the disorders are being added to the Operation View page on our website and we’ve set up a freephone number that you can use to get in touch with us if you recognise anyone.

The number you need is 0800 096 0095 or alternatively, you can email us at

Any intelligence that you are able to provide will be useful in helping us bring those involved in the riots to justice and we’d be especially interested in knowing about people in your area who are offering ‘good as new’ items for sale in pubs etc.

We have increased staffing levels across the force area and so have many, many officers ready to quell further disorders should they occur and encourage you to contact us if any potential problems appear to be developing. You’ll receive a quick and robust police response in return.

For further updates on the situation, please refer to the official West Midlands Police channels and do your best to ignore the many unsubstantiated rumours that have been appearing on the social networks. The updates from @wmpolice and @brumpolice are a reliable source of information as are the press releases that can be found on the West Midlands Police Website.

It’s fair to say that our officers have been outraged about the disorders to the same extent that the majority of the good, law abiding public have been. As such we’re keen to show those responsible the inside of our police cells, the inside of a court room and then hopefully the inside of a prison.

To quote Wolverhampton’s Superintendent Payne, ‘If you took part in the disorder, sleep tight. We are coming for you’.

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