Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Family dispute led to stabbings

Police have arrested two men aged 18 and 20 years old in connection with the incident

Two men have been seriously injured in a city centre double stabbing believed to be the result of a dispute between families, police have said.

The men, aged 51 and 49 years old, are in a serious but stable condition in hospital following the incident inside a bar within the Mailbox complex in Birmingham on Saturday night, West Midlands police said.

One suffered a severe wound to his neck and the other a chest wound, according to police.

Officers were called to Bar Room Bar at about 8.39pm last night following reports of a fight. Two men aged 18 and 20 years old were arrested in connection with the incident, but West Midlands police said they were still trying to trace a third man who left the scene.

The bar and surrounding area remained sealed off while forensic enquiries continued.

West Midlands police said officers believe the stabbings were as a result of an "ongoing dispute" between two families.

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, who is leading the investigation said: "This appears to have been a targeted attack on two men as a result of an ongoing dispute. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the offender and we are asking for people who were in the Mailbox last night and who saw what happened to call us on 101.

"We are also asking for anyone who saw what happened following the stabbings, when it is believed the offender ran off towards the canals to contact us."

Police increased patrols in the city centre overnight to reassure visitors.

The 51-year-old man, from Birmingham, was arrested after receiving hospital treatment for a wound to his neck. He was discharged earlier today and arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, West Midlands police said. The 49-year-old man, who suffered chest wounds, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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