Man stabbed and five injured after disorder in Birmingham

Up to 60 people were involved in the disorder in Sparkhill on Friday

Police have launched an investigation after one man was stabbed and at least five others were injured in Sparkhill on Friday (12 August). Up to 60 people - some armed with weapons - were understood to have gathered off Stratford Road at just before 9pm.

A 26-year-old was taken to hospital with stab wounds which were not serious and a 23-year-old man suffered a suspected fractured eye socket. Four other men - aged between 27 and 52 - suffered injuries which were not serious.

Police recovered weapons including a knife, hammer and chain from the park. These are being examined for clues to establish who was involved and what triggered the violence.

Section 60 measures are now in place in Sparkhill following the incident

Section 60 powers are now in place in the area following the incident.

A statement from West Midlands Police, read: “We’ll have visible patrols in and around the park - and surrounding area - over the weekend. We’ll also have S60 powers available from now until 11.59pm today. This means we can stop and search people we suspect may be involved in violence, involving weapons, without the need to have reasonable grounds.

“We don’t use s60 powers lightly but we must do all we can to reduce the risk of further disorder. Our priority is to protect the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat on our website and quote 20/723158/22. Alternatively ring the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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