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Murder charges over Big Issue men

2013-01-13 21:55:13

Wayne Busst and Ian Gladwish

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murders of two Big Issue sellers stabbed to death during rush hour in the centre of Birmingham.

Wayne Busst, 32, and Ian Gladwish, 31, both from Birmingham, were found stabbed in Union Street at about 17:50 GMT on Friday.

Despite first aid from passers-by and police officers they died at the scene.

The man, who was arrested shortly after the incident, will appear before magistrates in Birmingham on Monday.

One of the men was stabbed outside Sainsbury's in Union Street, while the other was found slumped nearby outside a side entrance to Boots.

Police had said there could have been hundreds of witnesses to the stabbings.

Big Issue founder and editor-in-chief John Bird has paid tribute to the two vendors and said everyone at the magazine was "absolutely devastated".

He said: "They were very, very popular with our office staff there and had worked as vendors for a long time."


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