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Two in hospital after 'family dispute' stabbings

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, are in a serious but stable condition in hospital after the incident inside a bar within the Mailbox complex in Birmingham, 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 8.40pm following reports of a fight on Saturday night.

Two men aged 18 and 20 were arrested in connection with the incident, but police said they were still trying to trace a third man who left the scene.

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

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison said: "This appears to have been a targeted attack on two men as a result of an ongoing dispute.

"Inquiries 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."

Police increased patrols in the city centre to reassure visitors.

Belfast Telegraph