City Centre Stabbings: Victims May Have Known Their Attacker

Detectives from West Midlands Police have named the two men who were stabbed to death on Friday 11 January.


Wayne Lee Busst, aged 32 years (pictured left) and from Birmingham and Ian Watson Gladwish, aged 31 years(pictured right) and also from Birmingham were both Big Issue sellers who based themselves in the city centre. The men were stabbed just before 6pm on Friday 11 January. One man was found outside the Sainsbury’s store in Martineau Place whilst the other was found near Boots in Union Street having also suffered fatal injuries, it is also believed the men knew their attacker.

A 23 year old man was arrested on Friday evening remains in custody. A warrant of further detention was issued this morning at court, meaning he can continue to be questioned until 9pm on Sunday evening.

Detective Inspector Buck Rogers is leading the investigation into the deaths:

“We have had a fantastic response from the public so far and their information has proved vital to our investigation.

“Early enquiries suggest that this wasn’t random. The attacker appears to have known his victims.

“Our enquiries 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.”

Big Issue Founder and Editor-in-Chief John Bird issued the following tribute:

“Myself and everyone at The Big Issue has been deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that two of our well-liked Birmingham based vendors were stabbed to death in the city centre yesterday evening. We are struggling to make any sense of this utterly senseless attack, and our sincerest condolences go out to the families of the victims.

“This awful crime, perpetrated against two hard working, mild mannered men, only serves to illustrate the extreme vulnerability of people who live and work on the streets. Which is why we at The Big Issue are constantly striving to create opportunities which will help our vendors to get off the streets and out of harms way.

“We are truly devastated that these two individuals have been deprived of just such a future.”