BIRMINGHAM: Police said they are taking tough action following a spate of gun crime in Birmingham, shutting down one venue and stepping up armed patrols to keep the city streets safe.
Senior officers have signed a closure order for the Arabian Nites shisha lounge on Bissell Street in High gate after a man was injured in a shooting at around 5.45am Saturday May 26. The victim suffered superficial injuries after a bullet ricocheted.
The venue will be forced to stay closed pending a licensing review, the ‘Asian Image’ has reported. Meanwhile, in Bordesley Green, shots were fired into a car on Imperial Road at around 9pm last night (May 26). Police have been unable to locate any victim from that incident. And at around 2.20am May 27, shots were fired through the front door of a property on Barnesville Close in Small Heath.
No one was injured. Investigations into all three shootings are continuing, with house-to house enquiries, CCTV trawls and forensic work being carried out. Police will also be using section 60 powers in the Aston, Alum Rock, Bordesley Green, Small Heath, Ladywood and Winson Green areas from 5pm until 7am. It gives officers the power to stop and search people without the need to show reasonable grounds, but where there’s a risk of violence, or if they believe weapons are being carried.
The use of this power is not taken lightly and is instigated in order to deter those intent on causing serious violence. People are being encouraged to speak to officers in the street to discuss their concerns. Supt Mat Shaer, head of Neighbourhood Policing in Birmingham West, said: “We won’t stand for the actions of a small number of individuals who are willing to resort to violence in the way that we have seen over this weekend. Residents can expect to see extra armed officers patrolling the areas affected, together with neighbourhood teams and officers from other specialist teams. People can contact the force on 101, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, with information that may help the investigations.