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Armed police swoop after teens stabbed at Bullring.

Byline: KAMAL SULTAN

TWO teenagers were knifed in a Christmas shopping stabbing at Birmingham's Bullring yesterday afternoon.

Police - some of them armed - and ambulance crews raced to the showpiece shopping centre after reports of the attack at 3.34pm.

Two teenage men were taken to hospital after suffering 'serious injuries' which were later thought not to be life-threatening.

Witness Ash Pear, 27, said a machete was involved in the incident which unfolded as thousands of shoppers bought Christmas presents.

"A group of teenagers, one with a machete, came over from the side of Selfridges," he said.

"They were stood outside, then ran inside the Bullring and stabbed one teenager.

"There was a lot of screaming from the one who was injured. Shoppers were leaving the Bullring in fear. Police attended 15 minutes later. It's normal to me - I grew up in Birmingham."

Cops erected a screen inside the Bullring by Nando's restaurant, next to Burger King.

A jacket, scarf and bottle of water remained at the scene and were being watched over by two police officers. A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Officers were called to reports of a disorder in the Bullring.

"We were called just after 3.30pm to reports of people being injured near the rear entrance of Selfridges.

"Two people are being treated for injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

"There is an increased police presence within the Bullring, including armed officers, while we try and establish what has happened and find those involved."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 3:34pm to the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham to reports of a stabbing. We sent our HART team, two ambulances and three paramedic officers to the scene. On arrival, crews found two patients, both teenage males.

"They have been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital for further treatment."

A spokesman for Bullring & Grand Central, said: "We can confirm an incident occurred at Bullring earlier today. This is now a matter for the authorities and we are supporting them with their enquiries."

Witnesses, or anyone with any information, are asked to call police on 101.

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Emergency services outside the Bullring yesterday after two teenagers were stabbed

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