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

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Police called to reports of people with machetes involved in cinema brawl 1

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 5.30 pm on Saturday following reports that a group of people with machetes had arrived.

Police arrive at an entertainment complex in Birmingham after reports of people with machetes. Pic: @Yuuvvii
Police arrive at the Star City entertainment complex.

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.

videograb showing police officers inside the Star City cinema in Birmingham
Fighting erupted inside the cinema

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.

Undated handout videograb showing police officers outside the Star City cinema in Birmingham after a large brawl broke out resulting in a number of police officers being assaulted. PA Photo. Issue date: Saturday November 23, 2019. See PA story POLICE StarCity. Photo credit should read: Rachel Allison/PA Wire..NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
A number of police officers were assaulted

“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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