UPDATE 11.45pm The 16 year old girl has been remanded in police custody and will appear before Birmingham Youth Court tomorrow (Wednesday 15th July) charged with robbery and assault.
The charges relate to an incident, caught on video, where a group of youths bullied and intimidated two 14 year old school girls in Northfield on Saturday 11th July. Videos of the incident have been seen by millions.
Now that an arrest has been made, and charges brought, West Midlands Police have requested that people remove the video from their social media accounts.
Police also reiterate that publishing the name of the accused now she has been charged may jeopardise legal proceedings.
Detectives investigating an incident in Northfield on Saturday night have arrested a 16 year old girl on suspicion of robbery. The girl remains in police custody.
Three videos of the incident, where two 14 year old girls were humiliated and bullied by a group of older teens, went viral after being posted on Facebook yesterday. One of the videos has been viewed over six million times around the world.
Police have already spoken to two others in the group, including the boy who recorded the video. Another girl wanted in relation to the incident is believed to be abroad on holiday and police intend to arrest her on her return.
West Midlands Police have asked anyone who has shared the video to now remove it saying: “We would like to thank everyone who supported our enquiry and came forward with information. This was an upsetting incident for the two girls involved and out of respect to them we would ask anyone who has shared the video remove it from their profiles. The sharing of the video may also impact upon any future legal proceedings that may take place.”
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.
“This has led us to making an arrest this afternoon. I would like to reassure everyone this is being treated very seriously and that the enquiry is progressing quickly.”