Update Tuesday 14/7/15:
West Midlands Police say: “Detectives have already spoken to two of the group involved − including a male youth who filmed the incident − and plans are in place to arrest the two female offenders.”
Inspector John Askew from Birmingham South Police, said: “The response from members of the public, clearly disgusted by what they’ve seen online, has been overwhelming and we’ve had lots of people getting in touch to provide names of those responsible.
“We have identified the two main suspects and plans are in place for one of the girls, a 16-year-old, to attend a police station for questioning later today. We understand the other main suspect is out of the country on holiday but we will speak to her upon her return.
“I would like to reassure everyone this is being treated very seriously and that the enquiry is progressing…under no circumstances should anyone take matters into their own hands as this could leave them liable to prosecution themselves.”
A series of videos of girls being bullied in Northfield, which has gone viral on Facebook, are being investigated by West Midlands Police. Officers were already looking into the incident after it was reported to them on Saturday.
In a statement they say: “We are aware of a video circulating on Facebook that shows two teenage girls being attacked by a group in Northfield.
The offence was reported to us on Saturday night and detectives have been following several lines of enquiry to trace those responsible.
The unprovoked attack against the girls, both aged 14, happened at around 10pm on Saturday (11 July) in Hilary Grove [public footpath opening into Sir Herbert Austin Way].
The violence shown against these two girls is completely unacceptable and our investigation is progressing quickly. This kind of mindless attack will not be tolerated in Birmingham and those involved will be brought to justice.
Thanks to everyone who has messaged to make us aware of the video.”
The three videos, posted on Facebook today and viewed millions of times, show the two teenagers being humiliated by another while others look on and laugh. The bully is seen telling the two to get on their knees and say sorry for giving “dirty looks”. In other parts of the video, the bully is seen throwing a teen’s bag onto the A38 dual carriageway and pinning one girl to the ground before making her kneel and take of her shoes.
The videos caused outrage on social media with many people publishing personal details of the alleged bully and numerous hate pages and fake accounts being set up. In a comment on their own Facebook page, West Midlands Police said: “We would advise against people publishing names and contact details publicly. Those involved will be dealt with by us through the justice system. Thank you.”
Anyone with information about those responsible is urged to call DS Dean Gordon on 101 or contact, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.