Birmingham shoppers have spoken of their safety fears after a shocking attack on a teenage boy was caught on camera in the Bullring.
The victim, aged just 17, suffered cuts to his face in a brutal beating as horrified witnesses watched on at the flagship shopping centre on Saturday, October 10.
No arrests have yet been made over the savage 5.30pm attack which involved weapons and saw a knife recovered from the scene.
West Midlands Police is also continuing to investigate two other concerning incidents nearby – including drama on the rooftop of Primark and a violent attack by the outdoor markets.
A 17-year-old was arrested on top of the huge fashion store on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon on Tuesday, October 13. He was released pending further investigation.
Police have also made five arrests after a victim was punched in the head and left fighting for his life in Upper Dean Street on Monday, October 5.
The attack, which saw busy streets cordoned off, sparked desperate pleas from shop owners to ramp up security and police patrols in the area near to the Bull Ring markets.
Fearful shoppers have also since shared their concerns following the trio of incidents within less than two weeks. Many said they felt unsafe and some even said they had stopped venturing into the city centre altogether.
Jade Moore said: “Birmingham is absolutely terrible just lately. Really needs more police presence especially of an evening,”
“I used to go there a lot and never had any trouble but recently I honestly just do not feel safe there.”
Jenny Marie Richards added: “That’s why I don’t shop in Birmingham!”
Teenager armed with weapon arrested on rooftop of Primark
A boy aged just 17 was arrested on top of the world’s biggest Primark.
Officers detained the teenager, alongside a man aged 20, on top of the huge retail store at around 7pm on Tuesday evening, October 13.
A younger suspect was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon. He was later released pending further investigation, West Midlands Police said.
The second male was referred to an arrest referral service for possession of cannabis.
A statement from West Midlands Police read: “A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon after he was found with a 20-year-old man on the roof of a retail store in Birmingham city centre just before 7pm last night (Tuesday 13 October).
“He has been released pending further investigation.”
Teenage boy savagely beaten at the Bullring
Just three days before, a teenage boy was brutally attacked in a shocking punch-up in front of stunned Bullring shoppers.
A 17-year-old was found with cuts to his face after the vicious fight erupted inside the shopping complex at around 5.30pm on Saturday, October 10.
Horrifying footage captured the moment two thugs continued to reign punches on the teen’s head and upper body despite shoppers’ pleas to stop.
They can also be seen kicking, dragging and abusing the target of the attack. Items spilled out of their pockets and on to the floor, including a knife.
The victim was then thrown into banisters set up for social distancing shoppers and against the window of a store before the video abruptly ends.
West Midlands Police said officers were called to the Bullring and found the victim with cuts to his face. He was taken to hospital where he was treated and discharged.
No arrests had been made and enquiries were still ongoing as of Friday, October 16.
A latest statement from the force read: “We are investigating reports of an assault at the Bullring Shopping Centre at 5.30pm on Saturday, October 10.
“We understand there was a fight between a group of teenagers and weapons were seen.
“A 17-year-old boy was found nearby with cuts to his face. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been discharged.
“A knife was recovered from the scene for forensic examination and CCTV is being reviewed.”
Man left critically injured after attack near Bullring
Only five days before, major parts of the city centre were cordoned off by police as forensics combed scenes for evidence of a separate violent attack.
The victim was punched in the head and left critically injured after trouble flared in a convenience store in Upper Dean Street, at around 10.10pm on Monday, October 5.
He was rushed to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after suffering a serious head injury a short distance from the Bullring.
Three men and two women, aged between 26 and 39, who were arrested on suspicion of assault, have all being released on bail with conditions.
Police this week issued a CCTV image of a man they believe may have information on the incident. Enquiries are ongoing.
The incident prompted calls for increased police patrols and 24-hour CCTV monitoring, with one shop owner claiming there are incidents in the area ‘every day’.
The man, who didn’t want to be named, told BirminghamLive: “Round here we should have 24 hour CCTV because we have incidents every day.
“I wish the police would step up a little bit. There should be somebody patrolling every day to stop things like this happening.
“Every day I come here there is some incident taking place – some misdemeanor.
“The attack really doesn’t surprise me because sometimes when things like that take place there’s nobody around here to stop it.”
Meanwhile Parry Sharma, who works at the Spar shop on Upper Dean Street, said: “We’re used to it now. All this area, Upper Dean Street, by the markets, they are always robbing and all that stuff. It’s kids, aged 16 to 17, that kind of age just picking on random people and fighting with them.
“We see fighting here once or twice a week.”
A spokesperson for Bullring & Grand Central, said: “The safety and security of our shoppers, staff, and partners is always our top priority. We have a dedicated security team on site patrolling the centre, as well as an extensive CCTV system, and we also regularly have patrol dog teams on site, to provide that added level of reassurance. We take any incidents very seriously, and provide our full support to the authorities.”
Anyone with information should contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime.
Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote crime reference 20BW/241949E/20.