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Stabbed Big Issue sellers named
Forensic experts at the scene on Union Street in Birmingham city centre after two men were stabbed to death
Two Big Issues sellers who were stabbed in a city centre have been named by police.
Wayne Lee Busst, 32, and Ian Watson Gladwish, 31, both from Birmingham, were stabbed in the city on Friday just before 6pm.
West Midlands Police have today been granted more time to question a 23-year-old man who was arrested on Friday evening.
One of the men was found outside the Sainsbury's store in Martineau Place while the second was found slumped yards away near Boots in Union Street. Both had suffered stab wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.
West Midlands Police, who have released pictures of the two men, believe the attacker was known to his victims and that it was not a random attack.
The force has said hundreds of people may have witnessed the stabbings which took place in a busy shopping street.
Detective Inspector Buck Rogers, who is leading the investigation, said: "We have had a fantastic response from the public so far and their information has proved vital to our investigation.
"Early inquiries suggest that this wasn't random. The attacker appears to have known his victims.
"Our inquiries continue and if there is anyone who saw something on Friday evening and hasn't yet come forward we urge them to call us now on 101."
A 23-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards near the Odeon cinema in New Street and remains in police custody.