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The second night of rioting (August 9th) – how events developed 6

The second night of rioting (August 9th) - how events developed

6.32 Riot vans at the mailbox
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
00.28 Firearm reportedly discharged at a policeman in Aston

Written by Freddie Herzog


How the violence developed throughout the first evening of rioting (August 8th)

Afternoon: Suggestions that Birmingham would be the next site of riots through Blackberry Messenger and Twitter.
7.30pm: Rioting begins in Birmingham. Police cordon off and guard Pallasades shopping centre, central Birmingham.
7:49pm: City centre branch of T-Mobile reported looted.
8:10pm: New Street Station and bus services halted. Reports around this time that taxis were also avoiding city centre.
8:49pm: First reports of disorder in Handsworth, Kings Heath.
9:02pm: Reported crowds at the Mailbox, city centre.
9:12pm: Broadway Plaza closed.
9:20pm: Attempts to saw off the head of the bull statue in the Bullring (unconfirmed).
9:22pm: Riot police take to streets.
9:24pm: Ambulances seen heading in to town. Later reports say 11 ambulances, 24 people injured.
9:25pm: Large crowd and police gather at Kings Heath. Sirens and helicopters reported in Digbeth.
9:26pm: Chinatown closed.
9:27pm: Reported attack on Tesco, Broad Street. House of Fraser, Foot Locker and Primark all reported as being looted.
9:52pm: Asda, Chelmsley Wood reported looted.
9:58pm: Police gather in force at Children's Hospital, rioters diverted. Aston Expressway closed (inbound at A38 Aston Rd/A4540)
10:00pm: Newtown Middleway closed.
10:29pm: National Express coaches go no further than inner ring road.
10:30pm: Maplins reported looted.
10:53pm: Armani, Mailbox reported looted. Jessops reported looted.
12:05am: City centre reported as being generally "contained"
12:17am: Handworth Police station confirmed as being on fire.
12:22am: Bristol Road near Selly Oak Tesco and Tesco itself closed.

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Written by Victoria Bull



9th August 2011 at 1:39 am