Saturday 21 October 2017

Man arrested after stabbing inside church

The New Jerusalem Apostolic Church in Rocky Lane, Birmingham where a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing inside the church. Photo credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The New Jerusalem Apostolic Church in Rocky Lane, Birmingham where a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing inside the church. Photo credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Henry Vaughan

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing inside a church in England.

Minister Kevin Hutchinson said about 150 people were taking part in the New Jerusalem Apostolic Church's Sunday service in Birmingham when "a man with a knife stormed into our sanctuary".

He said the attacker was challenged at the door by ushers and restrained. He said: "He drew out a large kitchen knife and was restrained by a number of members, about three.

"Three members were injured and were taken to hospital. The men in the church were able to restrain him until the police came."

West Midlands Police said a 33-year-old man was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Officers were called to the church off Rocky Lane, in the Aston area of the city, at 10.50am yesterday.

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police said in a statement: "Early indications suggest that the offender and victim knew each other and that this was a targeted attack.

Two people who helped to restrain the attacker also received minor injuries, which did not require hospital treatment.

Irish Independent

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