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Latest: Birmingham teen stabbed to death

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.

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Police appeal for bus passengers to come forward

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.

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.

– Detective Superintendent Richard Baker from Force CID

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Tributes left outside school gate for Christina Edkins

Christina's friends have left flowers and messages outside the school gate.

Many say she was"a kind, caring, beautiful girl."

Tributes lined up outside the gates where Christina Edkins went to school Credit: Daybreak
Tribute reads: "Christina, you will always be in our hearts" Credit: Daybreak

Man questioned after teen stabbed on way to school

A man is being questioned by police over the murder of a teenage girl who was stabbed to death on a crowded bus on her way to school.

Police are investigating whether the girl was targeted in an random attack.

Christina Edkins was killed shortly after she boarded the double decker for school during yesterday's rush hour.

West Midlands Police launched a manhunt for a fellow passenger who fled the scene in the wake of her murder, involving police dogs and firearms officers.

A 22-year-old man was later arrested and detained by police following a short chase, after he was seen acting suspiciously near a Morrison's supermarket.

Read: Bright and popular teenager Christina Edkins stabbed fatally on school bus

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