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“Rising violence” linked to the blockade

Police and West Midlands Crime Commissioner said an increase in violence was “almost inevitable” due to the pandemic following a wave of stabbings in Birmingham.

Investigators began a murder investigation after one man died and seven people were injured in stabbings in the city center during the early hours of Sunday.

Police currently believe that the stabbings were carried out by a suspect and are not linked to terrorism.

Police officers in a Hurst Street cordon in Birmingham after a number of people were stabbed in the city center (Image: PA)

David Jamieson spoke at a press conference following the incidents, telling reporters that the city was “well used to the activity”.

He said: “I think what is different is the randomness of this particular event, but also the number of other events that were happening.

“The amount of violence that was happening is actually very, very disturbing.”

Mr. Jamieson said an increase in violence should be expected due to the lockdown and the pandemic, although he added that Sunday’s incident may not be related.

He continued: “I have been saying for some time, in the context of Covid-19, that a lot of the repressed feelings that people have, and not being able to get out of it, and combine them with people who are now unsure about their future. and on their work, it was almost inevitable that we would see a rise in violence.

“I’m not saying this is directly related to that, but nevertheless we are now seeing a rise in violence among young people, especially younger males, we are seeing growth across the region.

“My fear is that if we don’t address this and some of the underlying problems with some urgency, we could see them grow.”

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