Sixth teenager arrested after Star City violence leaves seven police officers injured

A sixth teenager has been arrested in connection with violence that broke out at Star City, as the investigation into the disorder at the weekend continues.

The boy, aged 14, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of violent disorder after an image circulated on social media showed a number of youths - with one carrying a machete.

Four further teenagers - a girl aged 13, a girl and boy both aged 14 and a 19-year-old man- were arrested on suspicion of assaulting police, and a fifth held for obstructing police, have now been released on bail with strict conditions. While in custody, the youths were further arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Dozens of officers were sent to the entertainment complex after a 999 call was made just after 5.30pm on Saturday, reporting a group of youths with machetes. Two of the weapons were seized during the trouble, which saw pockets of fighting and seven police officers left with minor injuries as they dealt with the crowds in and around the cinema. Supt Ian Green, from Birmingham police, said:

“This was a major outbreak of trouble which left families who were just trying to enjoy a night out at the cinema understandably frightened. We worked quickly to move the crowds on, but were met with a very hostile response and officers had to draw Tasers to restore order. 

“Thankfully, the injuries to our officers were very minor. We’ve also recovered two machetes and a knife, and it’s clear that some of those who went to Star City last night were intent on causing trouble.

“We’ve had a great response from the public who have been very supportive of our officers. We understand that families with young children will have been left upset by what they saw last night, but we urge people to appreciate that our aim last night was to protect the public and restore order, and that’s what we achieved.

“We’re aware of a number of images and videos circulating on social media which appear to show those involved in last night’s violence. 

“We are assessing those and have already had a number of phone calls from members of the public giving us the names of people they believe were involved last night.

“I’d ask anyone with images or video who has not yet got in touch already to do so that we can make further arrests.”

Anyone with images, video or information about last night's disorder should get in touch via Live Chat at, via 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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