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.

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Police defend decision to section Christina Edkins stabbing suspect

Asda rolls out collections in West Midlands stores for Christina Edkins

ASDA have announced its stores across Birmingham and the Black Country will collect money in memory of murdered Halesowen schoolgirl Christina Edkins.

The money will be given to the family do cover the costs of the funeral but also for things like a bench, plague [sic] or whatever the family sees fit for her memory. Other funds like this have created anti-knife campaigns and movements in schools around the country.

– 'RIP Christina Edkins' Facebook page


More tributes paid to teen stabbed to death in Birmingham

Mental health professionals are continuing to talk to a 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing to death 16-year-old Christina Edkins on a bus in Birmingham city centre on Thursday (March 7).

The man was sectioned last night under the Mental Health Act 1983. He's been moved to what police describe as a 'secure facility' for further assessment.

Many people arrived at the scene today to lay flowers, including Philip Partridge.

He says that his brother died under tragic circumstances. Philip told ITV News Central how Christina's death brought back memories.

Police still appealing for witnesses after suspected sectioned under Mental Health Act

“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.”

– Det Supt. Baker


Bus stabbing murder suspect sectioned under Mental Health Act

A suspect arrested on suspicion of murdering 16-year-old Christina Edkins in Birmingham has tonight been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

He 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.

Principal at Christina's school releases statement

“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.”

– Mr Neil Shaw, Principal of Leasowes High School
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