BBC Radio 1XTRA live show stopped after man ‘slashed backstage’ – Sky News

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BBC Radio 1XTRA live show stopped after man ‘slashed backstage’ – Sky News

A BBC Radio 1Xtra live event in Birmingham was halted on Saturday night after a man suffered slash wounds backstage, police have said.

The show at the Arena Birmingham was due to include performances from artists such as Wizkid, French Montana, Aitch and DaniLeigh.

West Midlands Police said they were alerted to an assault in the backstage area by the venue’s security at about 10pm.

“Following an isolated serious incident, we have had to stop 1Xtra Live in Birmingham. We are co-operating fully with the police to establish what has happened.”

— Radio 1 Press Office (@BBCRadio1PR) October 5, 2019

The victim suffered a slash wound but did not require hospital treatment, officers said.

A police spokesperson would not comment on the identity of the victim.

The BBC apologised for calling off the event but said safety was a priority.

A statement from BBC Radio 1 said: “Following an isolated serious incident, we have had to stop 1Xtra Live in Birmingham.

“We are co-operating fully with the police to establish what has happened.”

In a further statement, it said: “We’re sorry to everyone who attended 1Xtra Live in Birmingham for the early finish; however, the health and safety of everyone involved is always our top priority.

“We are upset and saddened that something like this should happen to a guest at one of our events and we remain in close contact and continue to offer our full support.”

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