West Midlands Police issues statement about Eid-al-Fitr 2023
Police officers at WMP issues statement about Eid following disorder at Ramadan market in Birmingham
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But while acknowledging that many people observed Ramadan “peacefully and lawfully” WMP also highlighted issues around criminal behaviour - which included fireworks and eggs being thrown at officers.
The main issues were found around market stalls on Coventry Road and Ladypool Road in Small Heath. Members of the local community had brought the issues to police attention. However the force stressed that Ramadan and Eid has been “overwhelmingly positive” and that an increased police presence has been welcomed.
Here’s WMP police statement about Eid-al-Fitr in full:
“Following Eid-al-Fitr, we would like to thank everyone in our Muslim communities who helped ensure celebrations were carried out safely. We know the vast majority of people observed Ramadan peacefully and lawfully.
“Unfortunately some of the nights were marred by criminal behaviour, and we have since made several arrests and charged a man with public nuisance. We’re grateful to the members of the community who helped identify suspects after fireworks and eggs were thrown at officers.
“Despite some groups of youths spoiling the festivities, it has been overwhelmingly positive and most people have welcomed the increased police presence. Our priority is always to keep families, friends and communities safe. We have been listening to residents and business owners in and around Coventry Road and Ladypool Road in Small Heath.
“They raised concerns around illegal trading, anti-social behaviour, traffic and noise nuisance in the early hours. In response, officers from Traffic and Parking Enforcement have been out all night helping to keep traffic moving, clear pavements from illegal parking and dealing with anti-social driving.
“Local neighbourhood officers have also been patrolling the streets engaging with street traders. We’re thankful to the Imams and leaders who voluntarily joined in support and solidarity with our officers, to witness and observe some of the issues raised.”
Chief Inspector Nick Hill, Birmingham Local Policing Area, added: “Officers have been doing their best to deal with the issues and at times they have faced intimidating and criminal behaviour.
“There can be absolutely no excuse given for such behaviour on our streets, it’s appalling. To those spoiling the festivities, we will follow up on any offences committed.
“Despite the small minority causing trouble, it has been overwhelmingly positive. Eid highlights some of the traditions and values common to us all, such as unity, community spirit, compassion and charity and I want to thank everyone who has come together to help keep the public safe."