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LIVE: Birmingham Riots – Second Night
Following last night’s events in Birmingham associated with the now-countrywide riots, Redbrick will again be attempting to bring you every bit of news and information as ...
Following last night's events in Birmingham associated with the now-countrywide riots, Redbrick will again be attempting to bring you every bit of news and information as we go into the second night of predicted rioting. Please share with us any of your news and views on the topic of #birminghamriots using this, our live feed, and via Twitter on @redbrickpaper. We are hoping that there will be far less to report on tonight.
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After another night of rioting in the City Centre the violence has spread into more districts of Birmingham.
Three men were killed in a hit and run in Winson Green while trying to protect their neighbourhood from the looters. The men have subsequently been named as Haroon Jahan (Jhar), 20, Abdul Nasir, 31, and Shazad Ali, 30. West Midlands Police are treating this as a murder investigation.
With fires reported all over the City Centre and reports of huge crowds being dispersed by the police at New Street Station and in King’s Heath the riots show no signs of stopping.
The Bullring Shopping Centre closed its doors at 5pm yesterday as a precautionary measure but it was apparently breached just before 7pm although police regained control within the hour. Tesco in Selly Oak similar shut at 11pm but there was no damage to the store.
With small firs and breakins in Harborne, the rioters then moved down to Selly Oak Station where a ticket machine was trashed but there appears to be no damage to the rest of the area and there were no reports of rioters last night.
West Midlands Police have confirmed they have made 170 arrests since yesterday and will continue to contain and control all further riots.
After the second night of rioting destroyed many shops and properties
across Birmingham and claimed its first three causalities tensions
have continued to simmer over the course of the day.
There was thick black smoke over the Nechells area this morning but it
has been reported to be due to an industrial fire rather than any
Police have increased their presence in the city with police officers
travelling around residential areas (including Selly Oak) to warn
local businesses about security but so far shops like Tesco are
staying open until they receive instructions to do otherwise.
The Bullring shut even earlier today at 4pm after last night’s rioters
manage to breach their defences. The Mailbox plans to stay open until
Rumours are circulating about rioting tonight with the suggestion that
IT and computer shops in Highgate are to be targeted and may move into
Sparkhill and Sparbrook over the coming days. However all of these
reports are as yet unconfirmed and people are advised to not take this
People are being asked to only make necessary journeys around the city
and not to go out at night.
6.40 Bullring broken into
7.02 Riot police presence in Wolverhampton evident
7.11 Shop fronts smashed in Newhall Street
7.16 Reports of 200 people barging past passengers at New Street Station
7.20 Pallasades entrance to New St. & Livery St entrance to Snow Hill closed
7.25 Unrelated electrical fire in Harborne blockbuster
7.38 Fires reported at Moorstreet
7.52 Bullring made safe by police
7.55 WM Police arrest 3 people in the city centre
7.56 WM Police disperse mob in King’s Heath
8.05 Large groups reported in West Bromwich
8:06 Reports of a car on fire at Moorstreet
8:34 National Express say coaches will start to return to garages at 9:30pm
9.28 WM Police announce they have had 224 calls from the public this afternoon
9.31 Aston Expressway is all sealed up
9.36 WM Police announce they’ve made 170 arrests in last two days
10.22 Richer Sounds is looted
10.30 Reports of small damage to Iceland in Harborne
11.06 National Express announce suspension of all coaches into Birmingham