Schoolfriend: 'She was friendly with no troubles'

A friend of the schoolgirl Christina Edkins who was stabbed to death this morning on a bus has described the moment the 16-year-old's life-long friend heard about her death.

Katie Howells said the best friend 'was screaming when she found out'. The group of schoolgirls spoke in Birmingham this afternoon, describing the teenager as someone who loved to laugh and party.

One friend Laura Bishop said Christina had 'a lovely big family', she went on to tearfully say the schoolgirl celebrated her birthday just one week ago "she's been 16 for one week".

When asked how she would remember Christina she replied: "friendly with no troubles, that's what I don't understand she was friends with everybody".

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Bus stabbing suspect sectioned

A 22-year-old man that is in police custody on suspicion of murder has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. 16-year-old Christina Edkins was stabbed on a bus on Hagley Road in Birmingham on Thursday morning.