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Did you see this man? Police ask public for help in tracing man’s movements

March 8, 2013, 12:45 pm

Did you see this man?

Detectives from West Midlands Police are asking the people of Birmingham to let them know if they saw this man yesterday (7 March) morning between 6 am and 1pm.

The man, who is wearing a distinctive ‘tiger’ jacket is believed to have been on buses in and around the Birmingham area between these times. As the image shows, he is a black male, in his early twenties, and carrying a white bag.

Anyone who saw this man is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 0800 0960095 as a matter of urgency.

In other significant enquiries, police investigating the fatal stabbing of sixteen year old Christina Edkins yesterday, are urgently appealing for any passengers who were travelling on the bus where she was attacked to contact police, if they haven’t already done so.

It is known there were around 16 people travelling on the number 9 bus on the Hagley Road when the incident occurred yesterday morning around 7.37am but only about half have so far spoken to police.

Officers are urgently asking these passengers to contact them, even if they were sitting downstairs on the bus and didn’t witness the stabbing.

Det Supt Richard Baker from Force CID said: “We know there are a number of passengers who were on the bus yesterday morning when Christina was attacked while she was sitting upstairs. Some of these passengers were sitting downstairs on the bus and they haven’t yet spoken to police. They may not even have known what happened but may have vital evidence and it is crucial they contact us as soon as possible.”

“Yesterday’s events were truly tragic and it’s extremely important everyone comes forward and speaks to us. We will also be able to signpost them to professional agencies who can help them come to terms with being witness to such a tragedy ”

A 22 year-old man remains in custody this morning in connection with the incident. He was arrested yesterday and is being held on suspicion of murder. Police can confirm they are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

A post mortem has revealed that Christina died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest. Her family continue to be supported by specially trained family liaison officers and have asked for their privacy to be respected by the media.

Updates on the investigation can be found on the West Midlands Police website and the force’s Twitter account @WMPolice.

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