10/08/2011 – Three men sadly died overnight when they were hit by a car in Birmingham, which has suffered another night of violence. Locals has said that they were protecting their neighbourhood.
09/08/2011 – 18:00 hrs – Major new disturbances in Birmingham, 100 riot police and 200 vandals in the centre. Also in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich. There are riots in Salford Manchester now also.
09/08/2011 – Violence did spread to Bristol and also riots in Liverpool and other cities as well as London. A terrible night of violence and looting in Birmingham. Residents appear shaken and the damage is immense. Police are out on the streets keeping order. Residents report their anger, fear, and also appreciation for the Police protecting them.
Police Station in Handsworth, Birmingham was set ON FIRE, a police station in Birmingham has been set alight. Liverpool is also seeing riots in 2011. The London anarchy is spreading throughout the UK it appears.
08/08/2011 - In Birmingham the riots from London have spread, The Adidas Shop, Jd sports, Footlocker, Primark were all damaged or looted. The Birmingham rioting in B1 and surrounding areas in the West Midlands has come as a surprise, and there is a fear that rioting will spread to other areas such as Bristol. The second shooting of the riots has been reported in Croydon, London. A man was shot dead in a car in a Croydon shooting.
Rioting erupted in Birmingham, with shop windows being smashed and stores being looted Police struggled to contain the mayhem and they described the criminals as mindless thugs.
The police station in Handsworth, which is nearly three miles out of the city centre, was set on fire, this was confirmed by the Police. Teams from across the West Midlands were scrambled to Handsworth and the centre of the city.
Many shops were damaged including a city centre McDonald’s restaurant and also the Armani store at the Mailbox shopping centre, where criminals gained access and looted many high value items.
Police have confirmed that over 100 people have been arrested, many of them juveniles, who should of been at home with mum and dad.
At least eleven people have been taken to a number of hospitals in the city, one Hospital reported a fight between two gangs, which resulted in the stabbing of two men.
The disturbances had initially started during the early evening, though this died down for a while and it appeared trouble had been averted.
Later in the evening of 8th August 2011, at around 23:45 hrs, West Midlands Police confirmed that the police station in Holyhead Road was on fire, and that there were hundreds of youths and rioters in the area.
Police have been monitoring Twitter for intelligence on planned attacks.
The West Midlands Police force also reported that some of its cars had come under attack on Holyhead Road, and a large number of vehicles, both police and civilian had been set alight.
The Ambulance service have confirmed that they have been called to 24 incidents, mainly treating people who had been assaulted by the gangs. The violence in Birmingham appears to be worse that London, with gangs openly targeting innocents.
Injuries received include cuts, stabs, bruises to the head and body and a dislocated knee. There were some reports of gunfire and car thefts and hijackings.
Police have now urged parents to contact their children and get them to return home, as there are many youths on the streets, and mixed with alcohol which has been looted the situation turned very nasty, with widespread criminal activity around Birmingham.
The violence in Birmingham has followed a third evening of rioting across London, with police stretched and tired, along with a number of major fires being lit and also stores being looted in a number of areas. The London riots are the worst riots for over a hundred years.
West Midlands Police also confirm that four people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, another four for violent disorder and just one for a breach of the peace.
The Pandora jewellers shop in Birmingham city centre was attacked last night, and many thousands of pounds of gold silver and precious items were taken.
The West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe has said that she still has a significant number of officers in Birmingham city centre, and that preparations are being made for another night of violence on the 09/08/2011.
There are still outbreaks of violence at 10:00 hrs on the 9th August, and looting of shops is still taking place, though this is mainly individuals chancing their luck.
Ms Rowe said officers have been working with the council and emergency services to formalise a policing operation, and a plan for the coming days. A no tolerance attitude is expected to be approved and implemented.
Police officers are now controlling access on some of the routes into Birmingham to avoid outside influences who appear to be travelling to the city today 09/08/2011.
A heavy police presence had been seen in the city from late yesterday afternoon and some shops in the city centre had closed early yesterday amid rumours that trouble may break out, some boards went up over windows. Police had the intelligence and made preparations for the potential trouble.
A reporter Grant Sherlock had said that the window of Mills City Express store, in Colmore Row, had been smashed by youths wielding a bin. And that he was threatened at one point by hooded rioters and forced to hand over valuables.
Motorcycles and cars were vandalised and burned, and some members of the public engaged in fighting with masked men, in self defence. People fled, their lives in danger. Some people were just watching in disbelief.
Vans of police in riot gear were evident over central Birmingham and they engaged looters and rioters.
Jessops store in Temple Row was broken into and valuable cameras and electrical equipment were taken from inside.
In New Street the front window of the Adidas store was smashed and many empty coat hangers littered the street outside.
All clothes have been taken out the Armani store, which appeared to be one of the favourite targets.
Chris Scrivens, a witness has said that youths have been running amok in the grounds around the cathedral. Drinking shouting and exchanging loot.
Police in riot gear were positioned in several parts of the city centre and they were advising onlookers to get off the streets, and to go home.
Police have asked people to think twice before calling emergency services with non-urgent calls due to the high demand for services at this time.
Shabana Mahmood who is the Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood has said that what has happened is mindless criminality.
A Councillor Paul Tilsley who is the deputy leader of the city council has confirmed that the authority would be making every effort as possible from first light on Tuesday 09/08/2011 to clear up any damage and police would bring normality back to the city.
Paul has said to retailers, workers and shoppers alike that the city remains open for business and encourages them to come in as normal today.
Wolverhampton city centre? some reports say there may be trouble there as well. These riots follow the rioting in London in places like Enfield which is still ongoing, and the more serious riots in Hackney. Clapham is also being affected now.
Reports are that attackers have smashed a number of shop windows and have stole property in B1, Birmingham, West Midlands.
Police have confirmed that the first sign that riots that have gripped London in recent days have now spread beyond Britain’s capital.
A number of premises in the center of Birmingham have been attacked with some shop windows smashed and property stolen in a number of locations
West Midlands police said in a statement that the situation so far is under control, and it seems to be a concerted effort by a large number of people, maybe 200 in all.
In London things have been deteriorating fast. This is bigger than Tottenham and damage will reach at least £500 million if not a great deal more. Anarchists gangs looters and other criminals have descended on many areas of London, which is in a state of chaos at the moment.
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