A 27-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder for an hours-long stabbing spree in Birmingham, England, a day earlier.
“Officers worked through yesterday and into the early hours of this morning in a bid to trace the man we believe responsible for these terrible crimes,” Birmingham Police Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said in a statement.
The man, who has not been publicly identified, was taken into custody around 4 a.m. local time, officials said.
The stabbing spree began in Constitution Hill, then continued south through Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street, known as Birmingham’s Gay Village.
Police said the attack does not appear to be “motivated by hate.”
“There is absolutely no suggestion at all that this is terror-related,” Graham said Sunday.
A 23-year-old man was fatally stabbed in Irving Street and a man and woman, aged 19 and 32, respectively, are in critical condition.
Five other victims, aged between 23 and 33, suffered less serious injuries.
Police are still encouraging any witnesses to call the hotline or send in video footage or photos of the incidents or the attacker.
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