Police defend stabbing response
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.