A joint statement by the Right Rev David Urquhart, the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham, and the Most Rev Bernard Longley, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, following the incident in the city centre.
‘Our thoughts and the thoughts and prayers of many people are with those who have died or been seriously injured overnight in the city of Birmingham.
‘We pray also for their families and friends – and for the emergency services and for all that they are called to do in response to these shocking events.
‘At this time when the health and well-being of the people of our city is already uppermost in our minds, we pray that all who live and work in Birmingham and those who visit can be reassured about the safety of our popular city.
‘Birmingham is a great city and it is shaped by many diverse communities working together and overcoming challenges and differences. We cherish and pray for its peace today.’