Birmingham: Police called to reports of people with machetes involved in cinema brawl

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Officers are called to an entertainment complex in Birmingham after reports of people with machetes at the cinema.

A number of police officers have been assaulted after a brawl at a Birmingham cinema.

Officers were called to Star City, an entertainment complex in the Nechells area, just after 5.30pm on Saturday following reports that a group of people with machetes had arrived.


                              Birmingham: Police called to reports of people with machetes involved in cinema brawl

More than 100 people were at the cinema and “pockets of fighting” broke out as officers tried to clear the area, West Midlands Police said in a statement.

A number of officers were injured and several arrests were made.


                              Birmingham: Police called to reports of people with machetes involved in cinema brawl

Witness Rachael Allison said: “The police told everyone to leave the cinema as they held Taser guns in their hands and started to bring in guard dogs.


                              Birmingham: Police called to reports of people with machetes involved in cinema brawl

“I spoke to a policeman who told me it is unclear whether the kids had weapons and also stated when kids fight they bring their group of friends.”

Another witness Choleigh McGuire said: “Armed police come, Tasers come, all of the people that were fighting ran off into the cinema, hiding. I am shaking.”

Police said a dispersal order is in place, meaning officers can arrest anyone who refuses to leave when asked.

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