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|Last Updated: Saturday, 22 October 2005, 18:52 GMT 19:52 UK
Clashes follow 'attack' meeting
Disturbances have taken place in Lozells in Birmingham after a meeting among residents about an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl.
Bricks and bottles were thrown at riot police following the meeting, which was addressed by two senior police officers and the local MP, Khalid Mahmood.
There were no reports of injuries or arrests following the disturbance.
Earlier, about 200 people attended a rally in Perry Barr held in aid of victims of crime, police said.
Tensions have risen in the area after the alleged incident, when a teenage girl was said to have been sexually assaulted by a group of men. |
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|At least one man was killed last night in rioting in Birmingham over an alleged sex assault on a black girl by youths of Asian descent. One man was stabbed to death at a takeaway food outlet in the Lozells area of the city. Unconfirmed reports said another man also died when a minicab was set alight.
....Dozens of youths smashed property and attacked police. Bricks and bottles were thrown, and about 10 injured people, including a police officer, were taken to hospital. In one incident, an ambulance was attacked by a gang wielding sticks.
A police spokesman said: "A large crowd of people gathered at a fast-food business and a violent brawl broke out, during which one person was stabbed in the chest and is certified dead." The disturbances broke out after a week of tension over the alleged sexual attack on a 14-year-old Jamaican girl.
Several arrests have been made, but no charges brought as no one has come forward to lodge an official complaint. Police have carried out forensic science tests, house-to-house inquiries and distributed thousands of leaflets to try to find the alleged victim, who may be an illegal immigrant.
Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Bar, said that he believed that one man had died in the minicab fire. Another vehicle was also set ablaze by the mob. He said: "There are kids driving round and smashing things up and then disappearing before the police can get there."
Alex Thompson, a reporter with the Press Association news agency who drove into the Lozells area, had her car attacked by a running gang of "more than 100 hooded youths with baseball bats". She said: "They hit my car with the bats and kicked it. They also attacked other passing motorists on the main road. They were running past me. I could see police with shields following them."
....Lozells is not new to racial tension. There is a strong Afro-Caribbean presence - the biggest contingent among the black population originating from Jamaica. Asian gangs have also grown up in the area, and there has been simmering tension between the two racial groups. Often trouble has related to drugs - mainly heroin - and gun crime.|
BBC reports the what, but leaves out the why which puts the whole story in focus.