In an update issued at 7.45pm this evening, West Midlands Police say that officers in Birmingham are managing a large group of people causing disorder in several areas within the city centre. There have been some shops attacked, and there is also a report of a car having been set alight in Moor Street.
Police say they have currently arrested three people in Birmingham city centre.
A number of police officers on duty across the West Midlands are tweeting information and updates to their website. Click here for WMP website.
In a statement issued at 9.10pm, police say that the trouble in Birmingham tonight has been on a smaller scale than the looting, vandalism and violence incidents of Monday night.
Comet, the electrical goods store in Castle Vale Retail Park, has piled up washing machines to block the view through its windows as a precaution following last night’s looting in Birmingham City Centre.
Washing machines have been stacked up to block the view through the Comet store in Castle Vale Retail Park.
Next door, the toystore Smyths has shutters down across its windows and a security guard standing at the doorway. A sign on the window forbids hoodies and hats.
A spokesperson for The Fort Retail Park says they are monitoring the situation and liaising closely with police to follow their advice if circumstances change.
Chris Sims, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, has said of the Birmingham looting: “It was not an angry crowd that caused this last night, it was a greedy crowd and we are dealing with dishonesty and disorder. At the height of the disorder, there were between 7-800 people involved.”
West Midlands Police have issued CCTV photographs of groups and individuals involved in last night’s Birmingham City Centre rioting and are asking the public to identify them.
Click here for police photographs.
West Midlands Police say they have raided properties and recovered designer clothing and sportswear believed to have been stolen from Birmingham City Centre shops during last night’s rioting. Ten warrants have been issued and five people have been arrested on suspicion of theft.
Jessops camera shop in Temple Row was one of the stores looted during the riots. A spokesperson for Jessops says that most of its camera equipment was stolen during the raids, and the store may be closed for some days. the Store’s website says that it will be closed for today, but plans to re-open tomorrow.
Austin Reed, one of the clothes shops looted last night, has been open this morning but is closing early this afternoon, along with other shops in the vicinity, in an attempt to avoid further looting.
A West Midlands Police statement issued this morning after riots and looting in Birmingham last night says: “Transport and roads are open this morning and the city is open for business as usual. Some areas in the city centre remain cordoned off as forensic officers examine the scenes of the disorder.”
Around 100 people were arrested, mainly youths.
Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “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 today.”