Arrests as police flood parts of Birmingham in response to shootings

Armed police, traffic cops, a dog unit and neighbourhood officers joined forces on an operation in Birmingham last night (16 April) in response to two recent shootings in the city.

Officers flooded parts of Alum Rock, Aston and Hodge Hill between 8pm and 1am on the look-out for known offenders and to disrupt the activity of crime suspects.

A total of 20 vehicles were stopped, 15 searches were carried out and three men arrested – two on suspicion of drug dealing and another wanted for questioning over a harassment case. Two vehicles were also seized.

Men aged 23 and 24 were arrested from a white BMW 4-Series – pulled over by police in Old Bromford Lane – after a significant quantity of what’s believed to be Class A drugs was found onboard. They remain in police custody.

And another 23-year-old was arrested from a blue BMW 1-Series stopped in Bromford Lane; he was wanted over a domestic incident in which intimate video footage of a woman was distributed without her consent.

The concerted effort follows two firearm discharges in Farnhurst Road, Washwood Heath, and Pretoria Road, Bordesley Green, on 8 and 13 April respectively when shots were fired at vehicles and men injured.

Birmingham Police Inspector Dave Mirams, said:

“This kind of activity is really important to disrupt the activity of criminals – and particularly those that may have access to firearms. We stopped lots of vehicles of interest and gained valuable intelligence on people and cars linked to known offenders.

“We carry out overt patrols in police vehicles for public reassurance plus operations in unmarked cars on the lookout for people with suspected links to crime. Offenders need to know that we’re out and about and they run the continual risk of arrest.”

Teens arrested and knives recovered in city centre

Elsewhere, three teenagers were arrested and two knives seized after Birmingham city centre cops responded to reports of a robbery.

Officers were approached by Bullring security staff at 4.30pm yesterday who pointed out three males suspected of attacking another youth and stealing is jacket.

An 18-year-old man was chased and found hiding in the shopping centre’s women’s toilets; a lock knife and balaclava were recovered nearby.

Two others were seen running off and getting on the number 97 bus.

However, officers stopped the bus in Great Barr Street and arrested a 17-year-old and 16-year-old. Another knife and bags of cannabis were seized.

All three remain in police custody on suspicion of knife possession, robbery and drugs offences.

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