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Birmingham stabbings: Man in court over Big Issue deaths

Wayne Lee Busst (left) and Ian Watson Gladwish (right)
Image caption Wayne Busst and Ian Gladwish were Big Issue sellers

A man charged with murdering two Big Issue sellers who were stabbed in the centre of Birmingham has been remanded in custody.

John Ward, 23, of no fixed address, was remanded until Wednesday by Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

Wayne Busst, 32, and Ian Gladwish, 31, both from the city, were stabbed in Union Street shortly before 18:00 GMT on Friday.

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

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.

The families of both victims have paid tribute to the men.

'Hope for justice'

A statement from Mr Busst's family read: "We are deeply saddened by Wayne's death, he will be greatly missed by all his family and all that knew him.

"We also think of Ian's family as they share in the grief at this sad time.

"We ask the press to respect the family's request for privacy at this time, so that we can grieve in peace.

Image caption Union Street was cordoned off on Friday night after the stabbings

"The family would ask any member of the public with information that may assist the police investigation come forward."

The family of Mr Gladwish said: "Ian was a husband, son, brother and dad. He was a kind loving person.

"To be taken away from us in these circumstances has left us all devastated, we will miss him dearly.

"We would like to thank everybody for their support during this difficult time and request that we are left to grieve in peace.

"Our sincerest condolences also go out to Wayne's family."

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

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

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