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One Man Dies After Double Stabbing In Birmingham
One man has died and another is in a critical condition after a stabbing in Birmingham.
Police have told Capital they have started a murder investigation after the stabbing Handsworth in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 31 May 2015).
Police were called at 3.09am this morning by a passer-by reporting two men laying unconscious and bleeding heavily in Grove Lane near to Holly Road.
Officers arrived in minutes and started CPR on the pair.
Paramedics then arrived too but the emergency services were unable to save one of the men. Both are thought to be in their 20s.
The second man was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
Detective Inspector Jim Munro, from West Midlands Police's Force CID, said: "This is a tragedy for the family and friends of those concerned. They have our sincere sympathies.
"I would like to reassure both them and people living in the area that we are doing everything we can to find the person or people responsible.
"Extensive house to house enquiries will be taking place and we are already starting to identify CCTV cameras which may have captured the stabbings.
"A finger-tip search of the area will be conducted later today by a specialist police team while forensic scene investigators are set to conduct a detailed examination of the evidence so far."
Grove Lane is closed from the junction of Soho Road to Douglas Road. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area to prevent disruption to their journeys. Diversions are in place.
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