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article imageUK violence spreads to Birmingham city centre

By Christopher Bates     Aug 8, 2011 in Crime
Birmingham - Following the current riots throughout London, they have now spread to Birmingham city centre as several shop windows have been smashed.
Damage has been reported in the Colmore Row area, as windows have been smashed and goods stolen.
West Midlands Police are now spread throughout the city centre and have urged people only to contact emergency services in severe cases, as there is currently a high demand for services.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, said: "We will not tolerate mindless violence and damage anywhere in the West Midlands and are working to ensure that the offenders are identified and caught as soon as possible.
"A policing operation is in place with extra officers in Birmingham to restore calm in the city centre, and protect local people and businesses.
"Our communities have made it clear to us that they do not want this kind of violence in their city and we will continue to work with them to bring anybody who commits acts of crime or anti-social behaviour to justice as soon as possible."
The riots began after Mark Duggan - a 29-year-old man from Tottenham - was shot by police on Thursday.
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