1Xtra Live event called off after man slashed backstage

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Wizkid had been due to headline BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in Birmingham on Saturday

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s live event in Birmingham has been called off after a man suffered a slash wound in an incident backstage, police say.

The 1Xtra Live show at the Arena Birmingham was due to include performances from Aitch, French Montana, Ms Banks and headliner Wizkid.

West Midlands Police said the injured man did not require hospital treatment.

The BBC said it was sorry to end the event early but that health and safety was a top priority.

In a statement, the corporation added: “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.”

A spokesperson would not comment on the identity of the injured man.

West Midlands Police said it was appealing for information following the incident, which it said happened at around 22:00 BST on Saturday.

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