Both victims of Birmingham city centre double stabbing were 'hard working and mild-mannered' Big Issue sellers
Why is this happening?
Two men in their 30s were stabbed in the centre of the city last night
Stallholders on busy street said they believed both victims were homeless
Hundreds of terrified shoppers and workers fled in panic following stabbings
Police officers were seen chasing a man with blood on his hands and clothes
Both of the victims of a fatal double stabbing in Birmingham city centre were 'hard working and mild-mannered' sellers of The Big Issue, the magazine's founder confirmed this evening.
Hundreds of shoppers and workers witnessed the stabbings just before 6pm with many fleeing in panic following the incident. Witnesses described seeing police officers and security guards chasing a man through the packed streets with blood on his hands and clothes.Shopkeepers and stallholders said today that they believed the two victims were homeless.
One line of enquiry is that one of the men might have been stabbed to death following a row over selling The Big Issue without a licence.
One man, in his 30s, is understood to have been stabbed outside a Sainsbury's store on Martineau Place, and the second, also in his 30s, was found slumped near Boots in Union Street.