The Scotsman

Po­lice de­fend stab­bing re­sponse

- By RICHARD VERNALLS Crime · Incidents · David Thompson

A chief con sta­ble has at­tacked the “ill-in­formed cri­tique” of his of­fi­cers’ re­sponse to the Birm­ing­ham knife at­tacks amid claims that al­leged de­lays may have cost a man his life.

David Thomp­son, who heads West Mid­lands Po­lice, said there would be a “time and place to the re­view the ac­tions” of po­lice, after a 23-year- old man was killed and seven oth­ers in­jured, some crit­i­cally, dur­ing a spate of stab­bings on Sun­day.

But he said: “En­gag­ing in an ill-in­formed cri­tique of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, par­tic­u­larly at such an early stage, is both un­help­ful and sim­ply makes the job of the po­lice harder.”

Khalid Mah mood, the Labour MP for Birm­ing­ham Perry Barr, said in a na­tional news­pa­per: “Po­ten­tially, had the alarm been set up early enough, the in­di­vid­ual who is now de­ceased could have been saved.”

There has also been crit­i­cism from the pub­lic about the time taken to is­sue CCTV im­ages of a sus­pect.

Ja­cob Billing ton ,23, was fa­tally stabbed in Irv­ing Street, Birm­ing­ham, about 1:52am on Sun­day.

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