The Archbishop of Birmingham has prayed for peace following a spate of stabbings in the city over the weekend.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder following the string of knife attacks during the early hours of Sunday 6th September.
West Midlands Police said the suspect remains in custody after he was arrested at around 4am today, Monday 7th September, at an address in Selly Oak.
The force declared a major incident after eight victims were stabbed during a rampage spanning some 90 minutes in the city centre in the early hours of Sunday.
A 23-year-old man was killed in the attacks and a man and a woman, aged 19 and 32, remain critically ill in hospital after suffering serious stab wounds.
Five other people, aged between 23 and 33, were also injured. They were treated in hospital, with two later being discharged.
Following the incident, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, joined the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart, in praying for the victims, their families, friends and those in the emergency services who responded to the attacks.
“Our thoughts and the thoughts and prayers of many people are with those who have died or been seriously injured overnight in the city of Birmingham,” the Church leaders said in a joint statement.
“We pray also for their families and friends – and for the emergency services and for all that they are called to do in response to these shocking events.”
The Church leaders added: “At this time when the health and well-being of the people of our city is already uppermost in our minds, we pray that all who live and work in Birmingham and those who visit can be reassured about the safety of our popular city.
“Birmingham is a great city and it is shaped by many diverse communities working together and overcoming challenges and differences. We cherish and pray for its peace today.”
Picture: A police forensics officer in overalls in Irving Street, in Birmingham, after a number of people were stabbed in the city centre. West Midlands Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing at around 12.30am on Sunday 6thSeptember and a number of other stabbings were reported in the area at around the same time. (Jacob King/PA).