The riots that started in Tottenham have now spread from London up north to Birmingham.

At 16.51 today West Midlands Police released a statement on Twitter saying;

We are aware of unsubstantiated messages on Twitter, Facebook and BBM about disorder at 6pm in Birmingham this evening. We have not seen any incidents, but we will have extra officers on patrol in the centre and suburbs this evening

A credible source in Birmingham then informed the media that young people from the Erdington, Nechells and Aston areas of the city were planning to congregate at an out-of-town leisure complex later this evening. He says the background of those involved is very similar to those involved in disorder in London.

The disturbance in Birmingham, involving around 300 youths is taking place across roads of Corporation Street and Bull Street. Road signs are being thrown and a passerby has been beaten. It’s the first reports of large-scale trouble outside of London.

A full account of the Birnigham riots has now come in as many fear the violence will spread to other cities in England

Shop windows were smashed in Birmingham this evening as large crowds gathered following rumours of a copycat riot following the London riots. Police established and exclusion zone into the city centre up to half a mile around the city’s famous Bullring shopping centre. Hundreds of youths gathered under the eyes of hundreds more police, many of the youths covering their faces with hoodies and scarves. McDonalds, Jessops and LA fitness were targetted, with bins thrown through the windows as rioters attempted to loot in similar fashion to the riots in Tottenham and Enfield. As police held their lines rioters smashed several more shop windows and attacked passing buses.

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