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Police appeal for help after CCTV issued of shovel attack

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to after a man was attacked with a shovel in Stourbridge in the early hours of Sunday 30th June.

Officers were called to Hagley Road, just off the main ring road, at around 4.45am to reports of a man who had been attacked.

An investigation was launched and police now believe the victim was attacked by three men who struck him several times with a shovel and kicked him as he lay on the floor. The 30-year-old was taken to hospital with head injuries, where he remains in a stable condition this afternoon.

Detectives have been following a number of lines of enquiry including trawling through CCTV footage and have identified two men they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on Sunday and has been bailed pending further investigation.

This was a really nasty attack and the victim was extremely fortunate not to suffer life threatening injuries.

The trio ganged up on their victim for a prolonged attack and we are urgently appealing for anyone with information about what happened to come forward.

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who recognises the two men in the CCTV image, if you know who they are please call us as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Gareth Homer, from Force CID

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Police defend decision to section Christina Edkins stabbing suspect

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'Sectioning' a suspect does NOT mean investigation is over or that person had known history of mental health issues: http://t.co/q20L5SsQGs

Asda rolls out collections in West Midlands stores for Christina Edkins

ASDA have announced its stores across Birmingham and the Black Country will collect money in memory of murdered Halesowen schoolgirl Christina Edkins.

The money will be given to the family do cover the costs of the funeral but also for things like a bench, plague [sic] or whatever the family sees fit for her memory. Other funds like this have created anti-knife campaigns and movements in schools around the country.

– 'RIP Christina Edkins' Facebook page

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More tributes paid to teen stabbed to death in Birmingham

Mental health professionals are continuing to talk to a 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing to death 16-year-old Christina Edkins on a bus in Birmingham city centre on Thursday (March 7).

The man was sectioned last night under the Mental Health Act 1983. He's been moved to what police describe as a 'secure facility' for further assessment.

Many people arrived at the scene today to lay flowers, including Philip Partridge.

He says that his brother died under tragic circumstances. Philip told ITV News Central how Christina's death brought back memories.

Police still appealing for witnesses after suspected sectioned under Mental Health Act

“Despite this latest development, the investigation continues and we still need to hear from anyone who has not yet come forward.

“I want to reiterate that we’re not looking for anyone else in connection with Christina’s murder.

“The family, who are still extremely distressed, have been kept up to date with the progress of the investigation. We continue to support them at this very difficult time.”

– Det Supt. Baker

Bus stabbing murder suspect sectioned under Mental Health Act

A suspect arrested on suspicion of murdering 16-year-old Christina Edkins in Birmingham has tonight been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

He will now be sent to a secure facility after the latest assessment by mental health professionals deemed him unfit to be interviewed any further by detectives.

The 22-year-old has been regularly assessed by medical experts throughout his time in police custody.

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