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Birmingham’s worst hit postcodes for stabbings, according to paramedics

The worst five postcodes in the city for stabbings according to paramedic call-outs can now be revealed by new stats.

The area most affected by knife crime over the past six months saw ambulance crews called on average twice a month to stabbing reports.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (wmas) attended 12 incidents in the B21 Handsworth postcode of the city between March 1 and August 31 this year.

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The figures, released in a Freedom of Information Request to the service, offer an indication of the five postcodes worst-hit by knife crime.

**The WMAS figures include all stabbings, including where stab wounds were self-inflicted or accidental.


In the worst postcode for stabbings, B21 – covering Handsworth – paramedics were called to 12 incidents involving knife injuries in the past six months.

One man, in his 30s, was knifed ‘multiple times’ as families and park-goers watched on in Handsworth Park back on April 20.

The 2pm knife attack saw emergency services, including an air ambulance and five police cars, swoop to the playing field and the man was treated for potentially serious injuries.

Police cover a car in Stockwell Road, Handsworth.

On April 7, West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a knife incident in Booth Street.

The victim, a man, was rushed to hospital on blue lights and sirens with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

And a third male, aged 20, was reportedly knifed in the head and left with life-changing injuries after an attack in Murdock Road, Handsworth on March 6.

Police at the scene in Handsworth after a stabbing
Police at the scene in Handsworth after a stabbing


Paramedics listed the B7 area – covering Nechells – as the second worst for knife related injuries. The service was called to a total of ten stabbing reports in the postcode in the same timeframe.

Incidents included a 16-year-old victim who was knifed near a Dixy Chicken and convenience stores in Duddeston Mill Road on March 6.

He suffered injuries to the neck and was taken to hospital after being wheeled out to an ambulance on a stretcher. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening at the time.

Birmingham's worst hit postcodes for stabbings, according to paramedics
Police block off Duddeston Mill Road near to the shops after a stabbing

The figures may have included reports of a stabbing and shooting at a house party in St Luke’s Road, Nechells – though no-one came forward with any injuries.


Paramedics were called to a total of nine stabbing incidents within the B8 postcode – covering Saltley.

They included a 33-year-old woman who was stabbed at a property in Farndon Road, Alum Rock on the afternoon of April 14.

She was taken to hospital and her injuries were described as potentially life-changing at the time.


In the past six months, paramedics were called to seven knife injury incidents in the B12 area, covering Highgate and Balsall Heath.

This included a stabbing in Birchwood Road, Balsall Heath on May 21.

A male victim was taken to hospital by ambulance after suffering serious injuries following the incident shortly before 10am.

Paramedics at the scene of a stabbing in Birchwood Road, Balsall Heath
Paramedics at the scene of a stabbing in Birchwood Road, Balsall Heath


West Midlands Ambulance Service had six call outs to stabbings in the B11 area, which covers Tyseley and Sparkhill.

In a recent incident, on July 8, emergency services rushed to the scene where two men were stabbed in Stratford Road.

The men were opposite the Sparkhill Primary Care Centre when they were knifed just before 9.40pm.

Both victims were taken to hospital for further treatment.

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