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Detectives have told of the "agonising wait" faced by five young women stabbed with hypodermic needles in a spate of recent attacks in Birmingham.
All of the women have had to undergo health checks to ensure they have not been infected with anything from the needle.
The most recent attack was around 3am on November 3.
Det Inp Julie Woods, from West Midlands Police CID, said five reports of women being attacked had been lodged over the past 18 months.
Officers have now released CCTV of a man they want to speak to in connection with the needle stabbings, which they believe were deliberately targeted at young women.
Although the women have not been left with any obvious physical injuries they have had to endure an agonising wait to check that they have not suffered any long-lasting health effects.
Whilst we have been unable to confirm exactly how the injuries were caused, it is believed that a hypodermic needle may have been used on each occasion, with young women being specifically targeted.
Detectives investigating a number of needle attacks on women in Birmingham city centre have released an image of a suspect.
Five women have been stabbed with needles over the past 18 months in a disturbing spate of attacks.
The most recent assault occurred earlier this month after a 30-year-old woman was stabbed in her thigh.
Police have increased the number of patrols in the city centre as a result.
Police have urged anyone who recognises the man in the image to contact detectives on 101 or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The number of police officers on patrol around Broad Street in Birmingham and other city centre areas has been stepped up after a spate of needle attacks on women.
Five women have been stabbed with needles while on nights out over the past 18 months.
Supt Danny Long, from Birmingham Police, said he had stepped up patrols in a bid to reassure people visiting the city centre - and urged anyone who notices anything unusual to contact police.