Three stabbed outside McDonald’s in Birmingham as youths gather to watch brawl

A triple stabbing has taken place in Birmingham this evening.

Police are investigating after three people were rushed to hospital with stab wounds after the incident in one of the city centre’s busiest areas.

The shopping spot has been cordoned off near to a McDonald’s restaurant and the Oasis precinct.

A brawl is believed to have broken out between a large group of young people.

Police were called shortly before 5.45pm and the road is likely to remain cordoned off for some time, Birmingham Live reports.

The incident comes despite a heightened security presence in the city for the Conservative Party Conference.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "The extent of their injuries is not clear.

"A police cordon is in place around the High Street and Dale End area.

"Investigations are at a very early stage and CCTV is being examined."

One witness said they had seen three people lying on the ground at the scene shortly after the incident.

Unconfirmed reports suggest they were males, but there is no further information at this stage.

Sophie Jamas, who was at the scene, said it took around 10 minutes for police to arrive.

She wrote on Twitter: "Absolutely awful. I felt so completely helpless. I never want to see anything like that again. I hope the 3 are ok."

A tweet from the Police Inspectors account also suggested three people had been stabbed.

Aimed at Theresa May and Sajid Javid, it read: "Just thought you would like to know about this 3 handed stabbing down the road from your conference.

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"Apparently some still claim it’s not about police numbers. West Mids have lost 2,100 cops since 2010."

Other Twitter users described up to 100 youths hanging around at the scene before the incident.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "[We] received multiple call to three different locations all in close proximity to the High Street at 5.45pm.

"Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the MERIT Trauma doctor and four other BASICS Emergency Doctors were immediately mobilised.

"However, on arrival, a number of those resources were stood down as the injuries were not as serious as first thought.

"The men were treated at each of the three locations. One had suffered serious injuries, the other two less serious. All three were taken to hospital."

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