A 23-year-old man was charged last night with the murder of two Big Issue sellers who were fatally stabbed in Birmingham city centre.
Wayne Busst, 32, and Ian Watson-Gladwish, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene after being found stabbed in a busy shopping street in Birmingham just before 6pm on Friday night.
The 23-year-old man will appear at Birmingham magistrates' court tomorrow, West Midlands Police said.
One of the men was found outside Sainsbury's in Martineau Place while the second was found slumped yards away near Boots in Union Street.
West Midlands Police said hundreds of people may have witnessed the stabbings.
Detective Inspector Buck Rogers, who is leading the investigation into the deaths, said: "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."
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