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Disorder in Birmingham City Centre

Update @ 07:45

Birmingham City Centre is open for business as usual. All forms of public transport are operating and all roads in to the City are open.

The clean-up operation is ongoing – however some areas of the City Centre are subject to police forensics and evidence gathering. These areas will be cleared as soon as possible.

Further updates and statements, in conjunction with West Midlands Police will be issued as devlopments occur.

 

Update @ 01:37

West Midlands Police continue to tackle the disorder occurring in Birmingham this evening.

Several premises have been attacked with some shop windows smashed and property stolen in various locations in the centre as well as some surrounding areas.

Around 100 people have been arrested so far for various offences including violent disorder and aggravated burglary, and are currently in custody.

A significant number of these arrests are of young people.

There have been no reports of any major injuries to members of the public or police officers as a result of the disorder.

Police are currently controlling access on some of the arterial routes into the city centre, including the inner-city ring road, whilst officers continue to bring calm back to Birmingham. This is continually being reviewed to ensure that people who need to enter the centre, such as businesses, can still gain access.

Contrary to some rumours circulating there have been no reports of disorder in Coventry or Wolverhampton.

ACC Sharon Rowe said: “We want to protect the people of Birmingham by restoring order and returning the city to normality as soon as possible.

“We will not tolerate mindless violence anywhere in the West Midlands and are working to hard to ensure that the offenders are identified and caught as soon as possible.

“An operation is in place with extra officers in Birmingham to restore calm in the city centre, and protect local people and businesses, and we are working closely with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Ambulance service.

“Our communities have made it clear to us that they do not want this kind of violence in their city and we will continue to work with them to bring anybody who commits acts of crime or anti-social behaviour to justice as soon as possible.

“Our first priority is to ensure that we bring calm back to the city centre.

“The investigation into the disorder has already started and we are proactively reviewing the CCTV to identify other offenders and bring them to justice.

“A significant number of the arrests have been young people, so I would urge parents to get in touch with their children and get them home to ensure they are safe.”

Council Leaders at Birmingham City Council have appealed for calm, following unrest in the city this evening (8th August).

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We are appealing to people within the city to remain calm and allow the police and others to do their job in bringing these incidents under control.

“To help achieve this it is important that as many people as possible leave the streets. We urge all parents within the city to get in touch with any children or young people not currently at home asking them to return.

“The City Council will be making every effort possible from first light tomorrow to clear up any damage and bring normality back to the city as soon as possible. To this end we’d stress to retailers, workers and shoppers alike that the city remains very much open for business and would encourage them to come in as normal tomorrow.”

Update @ 22:20

Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, Fire and Ambulance services as well as community leaders are working to restore order and continue to provide service to all of our communities.

We will not tolerate mindless violence or criminality in the West Midlands.

Further information from West Midlands Police:

Update @ 21:33

We understand the following to be the position with public transport:

Trains:  New Street Station, Snow Hill, Moor Street – stations open, trains running.  Pallasades entrance to New Street is closed.

Midland Metro: Operating as normal.

Buses: Buses are terminating short of the City Centre. 

Taxis: Taxi companies are operating in the City Centre but have backlogs.

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Update at 20:03

West Midlands Police are aware of some disorder in Birmingham city centre.

Several premises in the centre have been attacked with some shop windows smashed and property stolen in various locations.

ACC Sharon Rowe said: “We will not tolerate mindless violence and damage anywhere in the West Midlands and are working to ensure that the offenders are identified and caught as soon as possible.

“A policing operation is in place with extra officers in Birmingham to restore calm in the city centre, and protect local people and businesses.

“Our communities have made it clear to us that they do not want this kind of violence in their city and we will continue to work with them to bring anybody who commits acts of crime or anti-social behaviour to justice as soon as possible.”

Please be aware and further updates will follow.

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