Small Heath stabbing: Man knifed to death in street in front of horrified commuters

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A man was stabbed to death in front of shocked commuters during the rush hour, sparking a police hunt for a knifeman.

A murder probe is underway after the man was knifed in Small Heath, Birmingham, at about 5.30pm on Friday.

West Midlands Police said people tried to help the victim and give him first aid but he died.

Officers rushed to the scene where they met an ambulance crew who were dealing with a man who had been stabbed and was in cardiac arrest.

Police stated that they supported the medics and cordoned off the area before a forensic tent was put in place near a row of shops to preserve the scene.

A large number of people have now been interviewed in the area by detectives who are also examining CCTV cameras that may have captured what happened.

Police said the area was “now a major crime scene” and people should avoid Coventry Road between Green Lane and Watt’s Road.

A spokesperson added: “The cordoned off area will decrease as this fast moving investigation progresses but the road is likely to remain closed until tomorrow afternoon, so please be patient.”

Locals living close to the stab scene have spoken of their shock.

One onlooker told BirminghamLive: “It used to be the adults but now it’s the kids. Every time to hear something like this it’s so horrible, but it’s happening way too often.”

Another added: “I’ve seen nothing like this before. There’s been stabbings in the area but nothing of this scale. It’s horrible.”

Detective Superintendent Wendy Bailey, from Force CID, said: “I’d like to thank people in the area who gave first aid to the young man and I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

“A major investigation is underway to find the person responsible. A large number of officers are at the scene and in the area to establish the facts.

“If you saw what happened or have something captured on your dashcam, CCTV or doorbell camera, tell an officer at the scene or call us now on 101.”