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'Don't panic' plea as police step up patrols in Solihull

AN air of unrest pervades Solihull tonight (Tuesday August 9) as extra police officers were drafted in to the town centre after rumours of violence circulated in the social media.

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AN air of unrest pervades Solihull tonight (Tuesday August 9) after extra police officers were drafted into the town centre after rumours of violence circulated on social media sites on Monday evening.

Within an hour of trouble breaking out in Birmingham city centre, there were false reports of copy-cat attacks in the borough.

Rumours of looting in Chelmsley Wood town centre spread like wild-fire as some users on social-networking sites claiming that Chelmsley Wood Asda had been set on fire and shops were being looted. However these claims were totally without foundation.

Inspector Keith Portman from Solihull Police, said: "We have additional police patrols on the streets and trained public order teams on standby, in order to protect members of the public, homes and retail premises." 

he added that there had been some trouble in Solihull on Monday evening and advised people that additional police patrols had been deployed.

Residents were told to ‘stay calm, remain at home and give police officers the space they need to monitor and contain any issues that arise.’

Mell Square centre manager, Paul Round said: “The safety of our customers and staff is paramount and we would like to reassure our shoppers that we are working closely with West Midlands Police to monitor the situation, and to ensure all necessary precautions are made.”

Solihull Council said ‘it's business as usual’ and asked people ‘not to panic.’

However some employers did take measures to ease workers fears with Transco staff in Homer Road being sent home early.

 

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