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Knife crime in West Midlands is 'falling'

West Midlands Police say that knife crime in the region has fallen since 2008. Sergeant Mike Griffiths was speaking after a 21-year-old man was sentenced to life today for stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death with a hunting knife in April this year.

Knife crime in the West Midlands is falling with 1,445 fewer offences in 2011 to 2012 compared to the same period in 2008 to 2009. However, just one victim is one too many and West Midlands Police remains committed to driving knife crime down even further.

Anyone found to be carrying a knife in a public place could face a prison sentence of at least four years.

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Stabbing shows 'catastrophic consequences of carrying a knife'

West Midlands Police say the stabbing of a step-father in April demonstrates the terrible consequences of carrying a knife. 21-year-old Luke Ayres was sentenced to life at Birmingham Crown Court today, after stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death in April.

Ayres habitually carried the knife claiming it was 'for protection'. However, anyone who carries a knife runs the risk of seriously injuring themselves or others and this case demonstrates the catastrophic consequences of carrying a knife.

He admitted unlawfully killing Mr Wye; psychiatric experts diagnosed him as suffering from mental illness at the time of the killing so his plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility has been accepted by the prosecution.

– Sergeant Mike Griffiths, West Midlands Police

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Jealous boyfriend sentenced to life over fatal stabbing

A 21-year-old man who said he carried a knife around for ‘protection’ has been sentenced to life at Birmingham Crown Court today, after stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death in April.

Luke Ayres stabbed 41-year-old Marcus Wye eight times, including a fatal blow that pierced his heart as a longstanding feud between the two ended in the stairwell of a block of flats in Druids Heath, Birmingham.

Ayres admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility today and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with an indeterminate sentence.

Mr Wye was found by police on April 5 this year in the communal area of his eighth-floor flat at Drews House, Netheravon Close. Despite officers and paramedics providing emergency first aid he was declared dead just after 10.30pm.

Ayres, who regularly carried a knife around claiming it was "for protection" had previous altercations with Mr Wye on numerous occasions in the past.

Armed police stopped Ayres in Redhill Road, West Heath, shortly after the stabbing where he was found to have traces of blood on his jeans. Police later recovered a hunting knife with a four-inch blade, believed to be the murder weapon.

Police appeal for witnesses of West Brom attack

West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was slashed with a knife in Sandwell Valley Park just after 5am on Friday 23rd August.

Johnathon Kendall was charged with one count of wounding and appeared at Warley Magistrates Court on the 24th August.

The 30-year-old, from Hallam Street, West Bromwich, was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 4th November.

Detectives are eager to speak with a jogger who spoke to the victim of the incident shortly after it took place.

Stabbed officer honoured for bravery

A police officer who was stabbed while trying to tackle a knife-wielding man at a mosque in Birmingham, has been honoured for his overall bravery on duty.

PC Adam Koch, suffered multiple knife wounds when he confronted the man who allegedly stabbed three members of the congregation at the mosque in Ward End at the weekend. PC Koch has already paid tribute to the worshippers who helped him overpower the man.

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Passers-by gave first aid to victims of double stabbing

Passers-by gave first aid to each of the two men who were stabbed to death in Birmingham city centre this evening Credit: ITV Central

Passers-by gave first aid to the two victims of a double stabbing that happened in Birmingham city centre this evening.

The Ambulance Service say a number of emergency calls were received from members of the public shortly before 6.00pm this evening.

Medics including two doctors and three ambulance crews arrived at the scene to find "excellent first aid being given by police and passers-by".

Both men suffered cardiac arrests despite "advanced life support" given to both victims by medics. The men believed to be in their 40s were pronounced dead at the scene.

One man was arrested minutes after the stabbings, of which police say there were "potentially hundreds of witnesses".

'Potentially hundreds of witnesses' to double stabbing

Police say the fatal double stabbing which took place in Birmingham city centre around 6.00pm this evening has "potentially hundreds of witnesses".

Two men who are both thought to be in their 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene after police 'flooded' the area around Martineau Place and Union Street.

One of the victims is believed to have been stabbed outside Martineau Place's Sainsbury's store and the other was found 'slumped' near Boots in Union Street having suffered fatal injuries.

Police say there are potentially hundreds of witnesses as the stabbing happened at a time when the area was busy with shoppers and workers.

One man has been arrested in New Street in connection with the stabbings near to the Odeon cinema minutes later.

First pictures: Birmingham city centre double stabbing

One of the men was found 'slumped' near Boots on Union Street which is now cordoned Credit: ITV Central

Two men have died and one man has been arrested following a stabbing in Birmingham city centre.

Police were called to the scene just before 6.00pm this evening and say there were potentially "hundreds of witnesses".

One of the victims is believed to have been stabbed outside Sainsbury's in Martineau Place and the other was found 'slumped' near Boots in Union Street having suffered fatal injuries.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene despite officers giving first aid Credit: ITV Central

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene despite officers giving first aid to both victims who are believed to be in their 40s.

A man was arrested in connection just minutes after the stabbings took place Credit: ITV Central

One man was arrested in New Street in connection with the stabbings near to the Odeon cinema minutes later.

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