A man fatally stabbed to death outside an Asda supermarket has been named by police. Ian Kirwan, aged 53, was pronounced dead at the scene in Redditch last night, March 8.
Police this afternoon confirmed eight youths have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two of those arrests took place today, March 9, after six young men were taken into custody in the area around the supermarket following the incident. Three more suspects are being urged to hand themselves in.
Mr Kirwan was fatally stabbed outside the Jinnah Road supermarket at around 7.20pm on Tuesday evening (March 8). Six youths, all from the south Birmingham area, were arrested in the area on suspicion of murder and remained in police custody this afternoon.
The two youths arrested on Wednesday (March 9) for murder are also from the south Birmingham area. Officers now say three further people were involved in the incident and are appealing to them to contact police
Formal identification has yet to take place but Mr Kirwan’s family has agreed to publish his name. Officers remained at the scene today and enquiries are ongoing.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “Officers are continuing to investigate following the death of a man in Redditch. Ian Kirwan, 53, from Redditch, died after being stabbed around 7.20pm outside Asda supermarket on Jinnah Road. Officers are currently offering Ian’s family their full support at this extremely difficult time.
“Following a search of the area, six youths, all from the south Birmingham area, were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody. Today, two further youths from the south Birmingham area have also been arrested on suspicion of murder.
“Officers believe three further youths were involved in the incident and appeal to them to contact police. Safer neighbourhood officers have increased patrols in Redditch and will maintain a highly visible presence over the coming days.”
Police have re-issued their appeal for witnesses and are urging anyone who was in the area of Asda around the time of the incident to get in touch.