Words by Ed King & Estelle Murphy / Pics & video by Estelle Murphy
Police shut off Short Heath Road this afternoon, following reports of a stabbing at the Lifestyle Express newsagent – next to the Facethetics beauty salon and just opposite The Red Lion Pub.
Rush hour traffic was brought to a standstill after emergency services attended the scene at around 5pm, with hundreds of commuters forced to take alternative routes following a police cordon blocking the entrance to Short Heath Road from Station Road.
Witnesses at the scene further told they saw police dog vans, a Critical Care Team vehicle, and an armed response unit also attend.
One eyewitness told Erdington Local: “I think it happened at around 5pm, I saw them (emergency services) working on a young man, possibly in his early twenties, for about 20 minutes before the took him away. I’m pretty sure he was stabbed, possibly by a machete.”
“It’s just a regular afternoon, a Monday. You don’t expect to literally run into a crime scene on your way back from work.”
Police at the scene were not able to confirm or deny any information. Erdington Local has contacted the emergency services involved for more information or an official public statement.