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Birmingham needle attacker stabs three women: Police issue photo

Needle attack suspect
Image caption The man is wanted in connection with three needle attacks in Birmingham

A man suspected of stabbing women with a hypodermic needle in three separate attacks, is being hunted by police.

A 30-year-old woman was stabbed in the thigh in Broad Street, central Birmingham, at 03:00 GMT on 3 November.

Detectives believe the attack is linked to two others, on women aged 20 and 28 in the same area in June and October, but said the motive was "unclear."

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to trace in connection with the attacks.

Det Insp Julie Woods said: "Although the women have not been left with any obvious physical injuries they have had to endure an agonising wait to check that they have not suffered any long-lasting health effects.

"Due to the nature of the offences, victims have not realised they have been injured until hours or days later, which has resulted in limited lines of inquiry.

"These are strange offences and the motive at this stage is unclear, which is why it's so important for us to identify the person in this CCTV image as soon as possible."

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