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Birmingham taxi stabbing: Police to quiz 28-year-old man

Written on:August 8, 2023
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Fifty police, including armed officers, have been drafted in to search for the killer

After lunching the manhunt on Tuesday for the killer of a 22-year-old woman who was stabbed to death Birmingham taxi, West Midlands Police has arrested a 28-year-old man, named by sources as Junior Saleem Oakes, on suspicion of murder.

Police found the man in the garden of a house on Allens Farm in south Birmingham just after 6 pm, a short time after police issued a photograph of a man wanted in connection with the case.

The suspect, also known as Mohammed Saleem (Salim) Junior Oakes, has now been taken to a police station in the West Midlands. Police said the victim, who has not been named yet, is believed to be in a relationship with the attacker.

The 22-year-old, who was knifed repeatedly while still in the taxi owned by cab firm 24/7 Radio Cars at around 8 am today, died despite the efforts of the first officers and paramedics to reach the scene.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said, “The woman was in traumatic cardiac arrest with multiple stab wounds. Emergency treatment was immediately carried out, including specialist advanced life-support techniques.”

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all medics in attendance, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene,” he added.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones described the police investigation as “complex and dynamic” and renewed earlier appeals for witnesses to come forward.

On Tuesday, Hoggs Lane, and nearby Dimsdale Road and Norrington Road were closed for the forensic examinations. A post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted today.

Anyone with information should call Force CID in Birmingham by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman stabbed to death in Birmingham taxi, police appeals for witnesses

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