Two men have died after a double stabbing in Birmingham city centre, West Midlands police have said.
One victim is thought to have been stabbed outside a Sainsbury’s store in Martineau Place, while the other was found slumped near a Boots store in Union Street with fatal injuries.
Officers administered first aid on both men – thought to be in their 40s – but both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the incident.
Inspector David Keen said: “Two men have suffered fatal injuries – these have been inflicted in the heart of the city at a busy time when workers and shoppers would be heading home.
“There are potentially hundreds of witnesses, either people who saw the stabbings or the offender leaving the scene, and I’d urge people to get in touch immediately – they could have vital information.
“A large police presence was quickly on the scene and a man was arrested swiftly.”
Forensics and search experts have cordoned off several scenes in and around Union Street to preserve evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.