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Huge police response after ‘mass brawl’ in city center

Dozens of uniformed police officers descended on Birmingham City Center this evening (May 16) after a brawl reportedly broke out. Dramatic images captured the major response.

The incident took place near Grand Central Station at the junction of New Street and Temple Street around 5pm. One person said more than a dozen “police cars and vans” had been spotted.

Images tweeted by ACJ showed a major presence. The social media user said there was “chaos” and claimed ‘one person had been detained’.

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West Midlands Police said a dispersal order had been imposed following “a number of disorders”. A spokesperson said it would be in place until Wednesday at 5 pm.

A bystander at the scene said a major fight had broken out involving a group of young people. They said: “I was standing outside Tesco and a bunch of young guys starting fighting.

“There were a lot of them, easily had to be 100. It started at the top by the Iron Man and it came down New Street. Then the police came and dispersed them. I’m not sure if any arrests were made. This was about 5pm.”

Jordan Jacob, 23, added: “There were quite a few school kids there, maybe 20 if not more. They were by the Iron Man by the steps. Someone shoved someone and the kids were watching.

“Everyone was running over to see what was happening. Lots of police came and they went over.”

Twitter user ACJ said: “Lots of police and chaos at the junction of New St and Temple St. Lots of people gathering and some running from the scene. Seen one person was detained and bundled into the back of a Police van.”

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We currently have a dispersal order in place in Birmingham city center following a number of disorders today. Three teenagers have been arrested for violent disorder and assaulting a police officer.

“The dispersal order will be in place until 5pm on Wednesday evening, allowing officers to disperse people or groups likely to cause anti-social behaviour.”

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