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West Midlands: Off-duty PC breaks-up violent city centre fight

September 21, 2012, 10:06 am

An off-duty police officer wrestled a knifeman to the ground after stepping into a Birmingham city centre fight yesterday.

Its understood a row broke out between hostel residents in Lionel Street, near the BT Tower, just before 5pm which resulted in one man suffering a stab wound to the shoulder.

A Birmingham PC on a rest day happened to be passing and bravely intervened to tackle the armed attacker and restrain him until uniformed colleagues arrived on the scene.

Two men aged 30 and 21 were arrested and are currently in police custody being questioned on suspicion of wounding, whilst a 45-year-old man is in a stable condition in hospital. His injuries are not believed to be serious.

Investigating officer, Acting Sergeant Richard Stott from Force CID, said: “It appears the men involved knew each other and that an argument between them quickly escalated; several knives were recovered at the scene.

“The off-duty PC acted instinctively on witnessing a violent incident – he helped calm the situation and detain a key suspect. The disturbance was contained very quickly and there was no real threat to any other members of the public.”

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