Police issue ten-word update after butcher stabbed trying to 'calm down' knifeman outside shop

A knifeman who 'stabbed' a shop worker in a Birmingham street is still on the run from police, the force has confirmed today. The attacker plunged a knife into the back of a butcher as he claims he tried to 'calm him down' outside Sonali Supermarket.

Dad-of-two Ali Shabbir was among workers who stepped in to 'protect a young woman after seeing her run and hide in their store room - closely followed by a man'. Mr Shabbir only realised he had been stabbed when he felt blood dripping down his back upon returning to work.

The butcher told BirminghamLive how a man was seen 'pulling the woman's hair and dragging her across the supermarket'. In a fresh statement today, May 30, West Midlands Police said: "Our enquiries are continuing to identify and arrest a suspect."

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Mr Shabbir's wife previously spoke of the moment he called her to explain: "I've been stabbed." She was told to 'get the kids' and get down to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital following the ordeal on the morning of Monday, May 13. Sharing the above footage of the incident, she told BirminghamLive: "He was at work and around 10.30am a young lady - she must have been about 19 - ran into the shop where he works and hid in the storeroom.

"A couple of minutes later, a bloke came running in after her. He went to the store room as well. My husband intervened when this guy was pulling the girl by the hair and her arm and dragging her across the shop, so he tried to calm him down. The other workers took the girl and got her away from the guy.

"My husband had him, he was trying to calm him down and say 'listen, there's CCTV, sit there, talk about it instead of getting violent.' At some point he must have stabbed my husband, but at that time, he didn't know - then he got aggressive and started fighting."

After a few minutes, police arrived and took the woman to give a statement as the man had already left, she explained. "My husband started working again and he realised he felt a bit damp," she added. "When he touched his back, it was covered in blood. At that point he realised he had been stabbed."

Police previously appealed for anyone with information to get in touch as officers confirmed an investigation was ongoing. A full statement read: "Officers are are investigating after a man was assaulted in Lozells Road, Birmingham, at around 12.45pm on 13 May. This includes CCTV inquiries and speaking to any possibly witnesses.

"If you can help with our investigation, you can contact us via Live Chat on our website, or by calling 101 quoting crime reference 20/474436/24."

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