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August Riots: Birmingham: Police release footage of being fired upon

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Police and a helicopter were fired upon ELEVEN TIMES – below is a Helicopter infrared video still of two men who are wanted by the police.

A group of 40 were involved, several of whom were shooters. The West Midlands police have released CCTV footage to the public in an appeal for any information on this group.

This happened in Birmingham where “Eleven shots were fired at unarmed officers to enable disorder to continue, whilst petrol bombs were also thrown at officers who initially attended the scene,” chief constable Chris Sims said in a statement. “This footage shows seemingly co-ordinated criminal behaviour with no regard for people’s lives, whether it be through the setting of a fire, shooting at unarmed officers or shooting at the police helicopter.

“This investigation is being treated as attempted murder and arson, and I am only thankful that this is not a murder inquiry.”

The officers who were fired upon were unarmed officers and the men shooting were masked and hooded as well as wearing caps. The footage was released on the 20th of August and it is footage dating from the 9th when there was rioting occuring in Birmingham.

The Chief Constable also said that the shootings at the police had been a “concerted and organised attempt” to kill or injure police officers.

They caused much damaged to the Barton Arms pub and other premises in the area by throwing petrol bombs and smashing shop windows with chairs. Officers in patrol cars attempted to stop the looting and rioters, the police cars had petrol bombs thrown at them; at 11.50pm officers attempted to disperse the group, this was when the 11 shots were fired at them and at the West Midlands helicopter.

One of the officers, who cannot be named for operational reasons, said: “It definitely felt like an ambush and as we moved forward it was only seconds before we heard a gunshot. We’d heard that sound before and we know straight away that there was at least one gun in the crowd. Once that sound of gunshot had been heard we stopped and took cover behind our vehicles.” The police officer went on to say of social media sites and the public response – “Only now have we had the chance to see the comments from members of the public on Facebook, Twitter and in the media. It’s made such a difference. The support is brilliant and has really boosted morale.”
Anyone able to assist the police inquiry is urged to contact the Force Criminal Investigation department at West Midlands Police on 0345 113 5000 or speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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