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Police make urgent appeal for bus passengers to come forward following fatal stabbing of sixteen year old

March 8, 2013, 11:52 am

Police investigating the fatal stabbing of 16-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 havent 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 theses passengers to contact them, even if they were sitting downstairs on the bus and didnt witness the actual incident.

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 havent 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 on 101.

“Yesterdays events were truly tragic and its 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.

A post mortem has revealed Christina died from 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 forces Twitter account @WMPolice.

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