Mental health professionals are continuing to talk to a man suspected of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old girl on a bus. The man, 22, was sectioned last night under the Mental Health Act.
He's been moved to what police describe as a "secure facility" for further assessment. Christina Edkins died on Thursday as she travelled to school.
A man who was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a schoolgirl to death on a bus has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Christina Edkins, 16, was attacked as she made her way to school.
ITV News' Rupert Evelyn reports from Birmingham:
– Detective Superintendent Richard Baker
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.
Anyone with information to assist the investigation should call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
BREAKING: The 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering Christina Edkins has tonight been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.From @WMPolice on Twitter:
West Midlands Police say the man 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.
West Midland Police detectives have been given a further 12 hours to question the man in custody following the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old girl on a Birmingham bus yesterday.
– Neil Shaw, Headteacher of Leasowes High School
We are trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of Christina and we extend our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Christina was a bright and much loved student who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Educational psychologists and counsellors are in school providing support to students, parents and staff and we will continue to work closely with the police.
We would like to thank everyone for the many offers of support and warm words of condolence, which means so much at this difficult time.
A 22-year-old man remains in custody over the murder of a teenage girl who was stabbed to death on a crowded bus on her way to school, police said.
West Midlands Police confirmed that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Officers investigating the death of a 16-year-old girl are urging anyone who saw the man pictured on Thursday March 7 between 6am and 1pm in Birmingham to contact them.
The man, who is wearing a distinctive jacket with an image of a tiger on it, is believed to have been on buses in and around the Birmingham area between these times.
A 22 year-old manremains in custody on suspicion of murder. Police have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 0800 0960095.
A post-mortem examination revealed that 16-year-old Christina Edkins died from a single stab wound to the chest, West Midlands Police said.
Police are urgently appealing for bus passengers to come forward following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old on Thursday.
West Midlands Police said there were around 16 people travelling on the number 9 bus on the Hagley Road when the incident occurred at around 7.37am but only half have spoken to officers.
– Detective Superintendent Richard Baker from Force CID
We know there are a number of passengers who were on the bus yesterday morning when Christina was attacked while she wassitting upstairs.
Some of these passengers were sitting downstairs on the bus and they haven't yet spoken to police. They may not even have known what happened but may have vital evidence and it is crucial they contact us as soonas possible on 101.
Yesterday's events were truly tragic and it's extremely important everyone comes forward and speaks to us.