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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
Detective Inspector Richard Baker explains that 16 people were on the bus when Christina died.
He has spoken to eight of them, he would like to speak to the other eight about what they saw and heard.
The police believe people may have heard screams on the bus but mistook that for people 'messing around'. They would like anyone who thinks they heard or saw anything to contact them on their dedicated hotline: 0800 096 0095.
"We strongly believe now that the male got off the bus after the incident and has then then continued to use the bus network, in and around the Birminghm and wider West Midlands area, to continue traveling for a number of hours after the tragic event yesterday."
West Midlands Police investigating the murder of 16-year-old Christina Edkins have released a CCTV image of a man in the hope it will jog the memories of people that may have seen him.
The image was taken shortly after the attack, which shows him leaving the bus.
They arrested a 22-year-old man near to the Morrisons supermarket yesterday lunchtime.
Police are keen to talk to anyone who saw him.