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Man held after three stabbed inside Birmingham church

By Henry Vaughan

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing inside a Birmingham church.

Minister Kevin Hutchinson told the Birmingham Mail that about 150 people were taking part in the New Jerusalem Apostolic Church's Sunday service when "a man with a knife stormed into our sanctuary".

He said the attacker was challenged at the door by ushers and restrained. He told the paper: "He drew out a large kitchen knife and was restrained by a number of members, about three.

"Three members were injured and were taken to hospital.

"The men in the church were able to restrain him until the police and paramedics came."

In an online statement, the church said: "Following the incident at New J this morning, we would like to give you the following update.

"Three members of our congregation were injured following a knife attack, all of whom have been taken to hospital. The following individuals were injured - Elder Karl George, Adam Brooks and Jorge George. No injuries were life-threatening.

"At this time we are restricting hospital visits to family only and we will keep you updated as regularly as possible."

West Midlands Police said a 33-year-old man was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Officers were called to the church off Rocky Lane, in the Aston area of the city, at 10.50am yesterday. A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

In a statement police said: "Early indications suggest that the offender and victim knew each other and that this was a targeted attack."

Police said two people who helped to restrain the attacker also received minor injuries, which did not require hospital treatment.

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