A bus passenger was stabbed to death in Birmingham
West Midlands Police said the passenger, a man in his thirties, died after being stabbed on a bus in Handsworth.
Police are hunting for the knifeman described as a black man, aged around 30 years and wearing a baseball cap and padded jacket. He is believed to have left the bus in Rookery Road.
Officers were called at 10.43pm last night following reports that a passenger had been attacked.
It is believed the man was stabbed following an altercation between him and the offender on the upper deck of the outer circle No 11A bus
Temporary Superintendent Tom Chisholm
The victim was found with stab injuries on the top deck of the bus.
Paramedics tried to save the man but he died from his injuries a short time later and is yet to be formally identified.
Temporary Superintendent Tom Chisholm from Force CID said: “The investigation is in the early stages but it is believed the man was stabbed following an altercation between him and the offender on the upper deck of the outer circle No 11A bus as it travelled along Rookery Road in Handsworth.
Police are hunting the knifeman who is believed to have left the bus on Rookery Road
The victim died from his injuries a short time after the attack
“I am appealing for anyone who was travelling on the bus last night and who has information or anyone who saw the offender after leaving the bus to call police."
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This morning Rookery Road, together with part of Oxhill Road and Greenhill Road, remain closed.
Forensic enquiries are taking place and ithe area is likely to remain closed for the rest of today, with motorists warned to find another route.
West Midlands Police said in a statement: "Detectives continue to trawl CCTV and carry out local enquiries."
Police are guarding the cordon on Rookery Road with the area expected to be sealed off until 11am.
Two policemen are guarding the cordon on Rookery Road, at the junction of Farnham Road.
Residents in Rookery Road told the Birmingham Mail they are in shock.
Police have closed off Rookery Road, Handsworth as investigations continue
The 11A bus route is said to be used by schoolchildren.
One mum, who asked not to be named, said: “We were just going to catch the Number 11 bus to school but it looks like we will have to walk all the way around now.
“The number 11 is usually okay. You get the schoolchildren on there but there never seems to be any trouble.”
More to follow…