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Appeal for phone footage as fight breaks-out near court

Eight men have been arrested after a large fight erupted outside Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning (6 Oct).

Police were called to reports of a disorder involving around 20 people at the junction with Newton Street at 11.10am. 

Three people were taken to hospital with facial injuries, with one having suffered a suspected broken hand, but no-one is understood to have been seriously hurt. 

Six men, aged between 21 and 61, plus male youths aged 16 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and affray. 

And detectives are appealing for anyone who recorded the fight on mobile phones to get in touch.

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Tom Hadley, said: “This was a very violent disorder outside the city’s law courts in the middle of the day…it’s completely unacceptable and no doubt would have been frightening for many members of the public.

“Officers were on the scene quickly and arrested eight people who were believed to have been involved. We’re examining CCTV footage but we know several people stopped to record the fight on their phones.

“Clearly this footage could be hugely valuable for the enquiry in identifying the ringleaders and who was involved in the violence - and I’d urge them to get in touch."

Witnesses or anyone with information about the disorder is urged to contact West Midlands Police Investigation Team in Force CID at Perry Barr police station on 101 or via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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