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09 September 2020 00:34

Zephaniah McLeod

Zephaniah McLeod charged with murder and seven counts of attempted murder in knife attack

Zephaniah McLeod, 27, will appear at the city's magistrates' court on Wednesday following the string of knife attacks which left 23-year-old Jacob Billington dead. West Midlands Police declared a major incident after Mr Billington and seven others were stabbed during the rampage in the early hours of Sunday. Suzanne Llewellyn, deputy chief crown prosecutor of Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) West Midlands, said: "Following an incident in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of September 6 2020, the CPS has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Zephaniah McLeod with one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. Zephaniah McLeod, 27, has been charged with murder and seven counts of attempted murder following the incidents, West Midlands Police said. He will appear at the city's magistrates' court on Wednesday following knife attacks which resulted in the death of Jacob Billington on Sunday.

The force declared a major incident after Mr Billington was killed and seven other people were stabbed during a rampage in the city centre spanning some 90 minutes. A police statement said: 'We've charged a man with the murder of Jacob Billington (pictured), who was one of eight people stabbed in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of Sunday' A police spokesperson said: 'We've charged a man with the murder of Jacob Billington, who was one of eight people stabbed in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of Sunday. 'Zephaniah McLeod, 27, of Selly Oak, Birmingham, is also accused of the attempted murder of the seven other victims of the knife attacks. The police statement said a post mortem examination concluded that Mr Billington died as a result of a stab wound to the neck. West Midlands Police arrested a man at a house in Selly Oak, Birmingham in a dramatic dawn raid earlier this week A 23-year-old man, who was seriously injured in Irving Street, remains in hospital in a critical condition.

He said: 'Since these tragic events unfolded in the early hours of Sunday morning we've had a team of officers working non-stop on the investigation. A man has been charged with the murder of Jacob Billington as well as seven counts of attempted murder after a string of stabbings in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday morning. West Midlands Police said Zephaniah McLeod, 27, is due to appear in a magistrates' court on Wednesday morning. On Sunday the force declared a major incident after Mr Billington, 23, was killed and seven others were stabbed in a city-centre spree that lasted 90 minutes. UK news in pictures Show all 50 1 /50 UK news in pictures UK news in pictures 8 September 2020 Dawn over Coquet Island, a small island off Amble on the Northumberland coast PA UK news in pictures 7 September 2020 A hovercraft arrives to Southsea, Hampshire from the Isle of Wight PA UK news in pictures 6 September 2020 Forensics officers near the scene of multiple reported stabbings in Birmingham Reuters UK news in pictures 5 September 2020 Anti-migrant protesters demonstrate in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent PA UK news in pictures 4 September 2020 Activists take part in a demonstration against the HS2 hi-speed rail line outside the Department of Transport AFP via Getty UK news in pictures 3 September 2020 Peter Baker, who plays Trigger in the musical version of Only Fools and Horses, sweeps the stage of the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, after observing a 15 minute silence to show solidarity with those in the theatre industry that have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic PA UK news in pictures 2 September 2020 Kadie Lane, right, 11, and Brooke Howourth, 11, hug on their walk to Marden Bridge Middle School in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, for their first day of term, as schools in England reopen to pupils following the coronavirus lockdown PA UK news in pictures 1 September 2020 Extinction Rebellion protesters sitting outside The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London PA UK news in pictures 31 August Surfers at Long Sands Beach, Tynemouth PA UK news in pictures 30 August Black Lives Matter protesters march through Notting Hill in London in the first Million People March EPA UK news in pictures 29 August A protester reacts as she demonstrates against the lockdown and use of face masks, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, outside Downing Street in London Reuters UK news in pictures 28 August Caribbean soca dancers display their costumes as they promote the first ever digital Notting Hill Carnival, following the cancellation of the normal Carnival festivities due to the continued spread of the coronavirus disease, in London Reuters UK news in pictures 27 August Father and son team Chris and Sam Milford from historic building conservation specialists WallWalkers begin restoration work on the spire of Norwich Cathedral, which stands at over 312ft high.

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West Midlands Police said tonight: "We've charged a man with the murder of Jacob Billington, who was one of eight people stabbed in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of Sunday. "Zephaniah McLeod, of Birmingham, is also accused of the attempted murder of the seven other victims of the knife attacks." Jacob, 23, tragically died after being attacked in Irving Street while enjoying a night out with school friends from Liverpool visiting one of their group who is studying in Birmingham. Police said a 23-year-old man, who was seriously injured, remains in hospital in a critical condition. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, leading the investigation, said: "Since these tragic events unfolded in the early hours of Sunday morning we've had a team of officers working non-stop on the investigation. McLeod was arrested in a dramatic dawn raid yesterday - around 24 hours after he allegedly unleashed into a knife attack in Birmingham city centre.