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‘Mindless violence cannot go on’ – Cops step up patrols after nightlife deaths

Police are stepping up their patrols in Birmingham after three people tragically lost their lives in ‘mindless acts of violence.’

West Midlands Police said “aggressive behaviour fuelled by excessive drinking has led to devastating consequences” during the city centre’s nightlife over the last month.

Matthew Carroll, 50, was out with his son and his friends who were involved in a fight just off Broad Street at around 1.30am on Sunday, August 29. He was struck with an object and suffered a fractured skull. He died later in hospital.

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While property investor Jason Bentley-Morrison, 25, had left a Digbeth nightspot when he was knifed in the stomach in Oxford Street, in the early hours of August 22. He died later in hospital.

Police forensic investigators in Brindleyplace

And Amarpal Atkar, 33, was found seriously injured after an alleged assault on Stephenson Street, just outside Birmingham New Street station, on July 31. He was taken to hospital, but died later.

Other victims have been subjected to nasty assaults – including a couple who were attacked Birmingham’s Gay Village – and officers say the level of violence cannot go on.

“Over the last month we’ve sadly seen an increase in violence in Birmingham city centre at weekends,” police said in a statement.

'Mindless violence cannot go on' - Cops step up patrols after nightlife deaths
Police at the scene of the death in Digbeth

“There have been several serious disorders in the city’s nightlife centre where three people have tragically died and others subjected to nasty assaults.

“We’ve got fantastic working relationships with the hospitality industry, Birmingham City Council’s licensing team and many others – we’re all committed to seeing that people have a safe and enjoyable time.

“We fully understand – especially since the pandemic – that people want to go out, socialise and have fun, but these levels of violence are completely unacceptable.

“Three people have tragically lost their lost in mindless of acts of violence – this cannot go on.”

Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, responsible for policing in Birmingham, added: “We’ve seen an increase in people returning to our nightlife centres, which is great, and I can completely understand that people are excited to get out and let their hair down after the various lockdowns and restrictions.

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'Mindless violence cannot go on' - Cops step up patrols after nightlife deaths
Tributes and flowers left at the scene outside New Street Station

“However, the violence we’ve seen is simply unacceptable, it often starts as aggressive behaviour fuelled by excessive drinking and has had some devastating consequences.

“We’re stepping up our policing presence, and we continue to work with security staff in licensed premises, and our wider partners.

“Please come and enjoy our wonderful city – but be kind – we must look after each other and enjoy a great atmosphere.”

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