Police are investigating after a schoolgirl was ‘dragged to the floor and kicked’ in a mass brawl in Birmingham city centre – in the latest incident to hit the area.
She witnessed a girl being dragged to the ground and repeatedly kicked during Tuesday’s rush hour (November 6).
A man had tried to rescue her from the attackers, but was set upon himself.
It was the latest shocking incident in an area which has been plagued by violence.
The spate of crime last month saw three stabbed in a single incident.
Other incidents have seen police officers attacked with hammers and knives, a man struck with a machete and four teens knifed.
And crime statistics revealed an average of 48 crime were reported to police every month in Dale End.
Below – moment brawl broke out in Dale End which saw three stabbed outside McDonald’s
A large number of violent disorders and anti-social behaviour is included in those figures, as well as extremely serious incidents such as stabbings.
In a BirminghamLive investigation, we have been compiling all the major incidents in Dale End since January when officers were swarmed by a gang of youths.
Amid the trouble, West Midlands Police have been struggling to gain back control.
Over the year, extra police powers have been evoked, patrols have been stepped up and dispersal orders have been put in place – but nothing seems to stifle the violence.
In the wake of a triple stabbing outside McDonald’s, Superintendent Ian Green tried to reassure people “not to be fearful of coming into the city centre”.
He said: “We’ve responded to a number of incidents in the Dale End area in recent months, and each has been reacted to by the city centre team as well as officers from other departments wherever appropriate.
“We’ve arrested some main offenders and have recovered weapons in the aftermath of some of the incidents.
“We’ve used section 60 powers which allowed us to stop and search people without the need to show reasonable grounds, if we believed there was a risk of disorder and that weapons were being used.
“We’re working closely with the local authority to close down some alleyways which are being used as cut-throughs.
“And we’re also working with businesses to reduce the number of occasions where large numbers of youngsters gather in and around their premises.”
Locals have called for the army to be sworn in as they say they are terrified of what is now a ‘no-go zone’.
Adrian Trevor Harris wrote: “Bring in the army.”
Sue Fenton added: “Bring a law in parliament to arrest youths out after a certain time, also no hanging about in crowds congregating in hot spot areas.
“Till then bring the army,not enough police to maintain law and order. The army could keep more discipline in the streets!!!!”
Dimple Rehal said: “I haven’t walked there in years.. What a shame.. It used to be very safe back in the day when I used to catch bus home..None of this shenanigans.. The young people these days, brainless.”
Another wrote: “Disgusting behaviour what’s going on it’s a scary world we live in.”
David Lamsdale commented: “Vigilantees needed asap! That place is becoming a war zone.”