Official Police statement on Brownhills West incident

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Image courtesy of Bill Bishop.

As you’ll no doubt be aware by now, there’s been a serious police incident in Brownhills West this afternoon (Sunday, 30th October 2016) at around 5pm, when there was a break-in at a property in Tamar Close, Brownhills West during which two people were stabbed, then a subsequent attempted robbery of a nearby convenience store followed by a head on crash with an ambulance rushing to attend the stabbing.

My sympathies, as I’m sure are those of the readers, are extended to the victims and I hope they make a speedy recovery. This is a terrible thing to happen in our community.

There is coverage of the incident at Walsall Advertiser here, The Express & Star here and the Birmingham Mail here.

The incident was originally covered live in a remarkable Facebook live streaming session by Brownhills resident Bill Bishop, who filmed emergency services attending the incident following the crash in Wilkin Road, near the junction with Cherwell Drive and broadcast it live as it happened.

Bill has been brilliant with this, and his dry commentary of the unfolding horror is a local legend in the making.

West Midlands Police issued the following statement at 6:08pm.

A man has been arrested after two people were stabbed in Brownhills this afternoon.

The man, thought to be in his 30s, broke into a property on Tamar Road around 5pm and stabbed the two occupants, both men, before stealing their vehicle.

He attempted to rob a local convenience store in Shannon Drive before driving off and colliding with an ambulance responding to the stabbing, on Wilkin Road.

After a short foot chase he was detained by officers and taken into custody.

The two men have been taken to hospital where there injuries are described as serious.

There are several officers in the area as our enquiries continue.

Obviously, enquiries continue and if you feel you have information to spare, please do contact West Midlands Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

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