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Man arrested over Birmingham bus man killing

The suspect Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption The suspect is believed to have left the bus in Rookery Road, Handsworth, at about 22:30 GMT on Monday

A man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death another passenger on a bus in Birmingham.

Leon Barrett-Hazle, aged 36, has been officially identified by police as the man who was attacked on the top deck of the 11A bus in Handsworth on Monday.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, the West Midlands force said.

CCTV stills of the suspect were taken on board the bus and released earlier on Wednesday.

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Leon Barrett-Hazle was attacked on a bus in Handsworth

Witnesses are still being urged to come forward.

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The attacker is believed to have left the bus in Rookery Road after the altercation at about 22:30 GMT on Monday, police said.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on the victim, who police said was from Smethwick, later.

Passengers who were on the top deck during the stabbing, including four who immediately got off the bus, have been urged to get in touch with officers.

Police said the suspect pictured was last seen wearing a puffa jacket and headphones over a baseball cap and was carrying a duffle type bag.

Detectives said the attacker was only on the bus for five minutes before stabbing the victim "several times" in the stomach and back.

Forensic searches were carried out on Tuesday, to find the weapon used, which is believed to be a folding pocket knife.

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