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'Big Issue' vendor murders: Man charged

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A man has been charged with stabbing to death two vendors of The Big Issue in Birmingham on Friday night.

John Ward, 23, of no fixed address, appeared at Birmingham magistrates court today (January 14) before a district judge where he was remanded in custody until Wednesday.

A Big Issue seller outside Sainsbury's on Union St., Birmingham

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He was charged with the murders of vendors Wayne Lee Busst, 32, and Ian Watson-Gladwish, 31, who died on Friday night after being stabbed in Birmingham's Union Street area.

The Big Issue founder John Bird wrote a tribute to Busst and Watson-Gladwish on the magazine's website on Saturday, where he said that the magazine was "in mourning".

"We are struggling to make any sense of this utterly senseless attack, and our sincerest condolences go out to the families of the victims," he said.

"This awful crime, perpetrated against two hard-working, mild-mannered men, only serves to illustrate the extreme vulnerability of people who live and work on the streets."

Bird added: "Which is why we at The Big Issue are constantly striving to create opportunities which will help our vendors to get off the streets and out of harms way.

"We are truly devastated that these two individuals have been deprived of just such a future."

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