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'Bright and popular' teenager Christina Edkins fatally stabbed on bus

'Bright and popular' teenager Christina Edkins was fatally stabbed this morning. Photo: West Midlands Police

A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a "bright and popular" teenager on a crowded bus as she travelled to school.

Christina Edkins, 16, was killed shortly after she boarded the double decker in rush hour this morning in an apparent random attack.

Police launched a manhunt for a fellow passenger who fled the scene and later arrested a man after a "short foot chase."

A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the stabbing. Credit: Caters News Agency

The stabbing happened a month after the teenager voiced concerns about a fellow passenger on another bus journey, she tweeted:

There is no suggestion that her concerns on February 8 are connected to today's attack.

However, West Midlands Police tweeted that they were "looking into" Miss Edkins' social media accounts.

Emergency services were called to Hagley Road, in Birmingham, at 7.37am this morning when the bus driver raised the alarm. Medics rushed to the scene but could not save her.

The scene of the fatal stabbing on a Birmingham bus. Credit: Phil Barnett/PA Wire

The teenager, who wasa pupil at Leasowes High School in Halesowen, West Midlands, is not believed to have known her assailant, who was supposedly already on the bus when she got on board.

West Midlands Police Detective Superintendent Richard Baker said detectives were looking into the theory that her murder was a random attack and added that officers were considering a number of possible motives.

"This is a tragic case and the victim's family are devastated," he said.

Where the number 9 bus stabbing happened. Credit: Google Maps

The arrested man was detained after an extensive search involving dogs and firearms officers.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder following a chase after he was seen acting suspiciously near a Morrison's supermarket.

Neil Shaw, the headteacher of Leasowes High School, led tributes to his pupil and said friends and family were "deeply saddened" by her death.

Christina was a bright and popular student much loved by staff and students alike.

We are deeply saddened to hear this tragic news and our thoughts and hearts go out to her family and everyone who knew her.

The school is working closely with the police and a team of counsellors to provide support to our pupils and staff.

Flowers were left near the scene on Hagley Road this evening, some of the tributes read:

Flowers laid at the scene of the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Christina Edkins. Credit: ITV News Central

Christina a truly lovely young girl. We'll miss you. Rest in peace angel. Cass and Ben.

To Christina. We will miss you loads. You were a beautiful girl and a bundle of joy. Rest in peace cutey. Lots of love Ryan and Dale xxx

Christina. Gone but never forgotten. Love you loads. Broddersz xxx

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