West Midlands Police were called to a disorder at Birmingham Crown Court this afternoon. 

The Birmingham Mail reports that the disturbance was linked to a pre-trial hearing of charges against Armani Mitchell, 18, of The Green, Northfield. Mitchell appeared in court today and pleaded not guilty to the murder of Joshua “Depzman” Ribera, 18 of Moseley. Joshua was stabbed outside TCs Nightclub in Selly Oak in September last year following a memorial fundraising night for Bartley Green teen Kyle Sheehan. Kyle died in September 2012 from a stab wound.

Following the hearing, Mitchell was remanded in custody until the trial in March.

According to the Birmingham Mail, there were scuffles and shouting within a group of around 50 people in the lobby area and out in to Corporation Street.

Officers based at the court called for backup at around 3:30pm. A Taser was discharged at a man who then ran away from the scene.

West Midlands Police said that surrounding streets were cordoned off in the interest of public safety and officers remained in attendance in and around the court as enquiries continued.

Detectives wish to speak to witnesses and will be reviewing CCTV footage from inside the court to piece together events.

If you were a witness or have any information, please contact Birmingham Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read more on the Birmingham Mail website



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