After a woman was saved by a police dog in Northfield in the early hours of this morning, Inspector Russ Evans from West Midlands Police Dogs Unit said:
"Our dogs are highly trained and are able to follow a scent over long distances, in all sorts of conditions - so when someone is in grave danger, they really can make the difference between life and death."
Police dog Ska, along with handler PC Keith Bennett, was called in to help locate the woman when police were alerted to concerns over her welfare.
West Midlands Police says Natasha Trevis and Junior Saleem Oakes were living apart at the time of her death as she had wanted to end the relationship.
The night before the attack she had agreed to meet with him to celebrate his birthday.
The two of them argued throughout the evening and into the next day, before leaving together early that morning in a taxi. They were intending to drop Oakes at his home address in Dimsdale Road before continuing onto Natasha’s home.
The argument continued in the taxi and on arriving in Dimsdale Road, Oakes tried to get Natasha to leave with him but she refused.
A short time later the taxi driver heard Natasha scream as she was being stabbed. Police say she was chased out of the car by Oakes who stabbed her multiple times.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died after being stabbed in a taxi in Northfields in Birmingham. The perpetrator, who police believe was known to the victim, fled the scene. Officers are searching the area looking for a mixed race Asian male.
The victim is believed to be a 22 year old local woman.
A woman has died after being stabbed in the back of a taxi
It happened at the junction of Dimsdale Road and Hoggs Lane at around 8.00am this morning.
The woman was in traumatic cardiac arrest with multiple stab wounds. Emergency treatment was immediately carried out including specialist advanced life support techniques.Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all medics in attendance, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.