Police have arrested five teenage boys following a series of assaults in Frankley and Longbridge last night (Friday 3th February) by a group of up to 20 youths.

Officers were called to the Premier supermarket in Holly Hill Road, Frankley just before 9pm where the shopkeeper was assaulted with a hammer after he challenged a group of boys in the store. He suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged.

Further reports of disorder by the group followed as a man on a bike was assaulted near McDonalds on Bristol Road South and then a smaller group of youths were assaulted with one young man receiving a superficial stab wound to his lower back. A mobile phone was also stolen.

The larger group dispersed as officers approached and four, aged 16 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of assault and robbery after footchases around Longbridge train station.

As of Tuesday 7th February, five arrests had been made in relation to these assaults.

Chief Inspector Mandy Platt, from Birmingham West Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “Enquiries into the events on Friday night are continuing and I would like to reassure the local community that we are treating the events on Friday as an isolated incident. We have a number of extra local patrols by neighbourhood officers in place.”

“With regard to the local youth centre, we are happy that the venue does not form part of our investigation at this stage and we are not aware of any problems reported to us concerning the club. If anyone has any issues they should speak to our local neighbourhood team.”

Anyone who has information regarding anyone else involved in the disorder is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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