Police have declared a major incident in Birmingham city centre after officers were called to reports of multiple stabbings.
West Midlands Police say officers were called to reports of a stabbing in the city centre at 12:30am on Sunday.
In a statement, the force said: « We immediately attended, along with colleagues from the ambulance service.
#UPDATE | We can confirm that at approximately 12:30am today we were called to reports of a stabbing in #Birmingham city centre. We immediately attended, along with colleagues from the ambulance service. A number of other stabbings were reported in the area shortly after.
« We are aware of a number of injured people, but at the moment we are not in a position to say how many or how serious.
« However, all emergency services are working together at the scene, and making sure that those who are injured receive medical care.
« Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything.
« At this early stage it would not be appropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident. »
Officers set up a cordon at the junction of Hurst Street – a popular nightlife area in the city centre – and Bromsgrove Street.
Police urged people to remain calm and stay away from the area as the response would be ongoing « for some time » and cordons were in place.
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