The two men stabbed to death in front of shoppers in Birmingham city centre were Big Issue sellers, the publication has confirmed.
Officers said hundreds of people may have witnessed the stabbings in Union Street at about 17:50 GMT on Friday.
The first man was stabbed outside Sainsbury's and the second was found slumped outside Boots side entrance.
Minutes later, a 23-year-old man was arrested in New Street near to Odeon cinema. He remains in custody.
Just to give a quick bit of background for non UK based members.
The big issue is a uk charity magazine that homeless people sell to give themselves a bit of cash, I think it's around £2.
The Big Issue
This crime has caused a bit of shock in my home city of Birmingham, which is quite a violent place at times with its fair share of stabbings and even
the odd shooting (we do still get them in the uk despite guns being largely illegal).
It seems the two victims were targeted either for being homeless (the fact they sell the magazine being the giveaway) or by an ex Big Issue seller
with a grudge against the magazine. The guy they have arrested obviously didn't care about getting caught, the amount of cctv and witnesses about in
is ridiculous in that part of the city. It's also very 'deep' in so you've got a good 10 minute walk in all directions before you can even think of
any sort of getaway as it's all pedestrianised.
Not sure what else to add at this time.
edit on 12-1-2013 by bates because: (no reason given)