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Police hit out at riot hoax callers

POLICE says they have received malicious hoax calls in the wake of the riots that hit Birmingham.

POLICE says they have received malicious hoax calls in the wake of the riots that hit Birmingham.

The news comes after a successful operation to keep the streets of the borough safe following widespread rioting elsewhere in the country.

With the message ‘our borough is a safe borough’ Solihull’s Police Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner drafted in extra officers following rumours that gangs were heading to the town centre and Chelmsley Wood on Tuesday afternoon, August 9.

Officers patrolled the High Street and Touchwood stopping and searchng some youths , according to Twitter.

Chief Supt Bourner said: “I am out on patrol with my officers and I want to reassure people that it’s business as usual in Solihull.”

A spokesperson for Touchwood said: “We have been working closely with the Police and Solihull Council and as a result we remain open as usual.”

On Wednesday morning despite wild rumours of looting and fires ranging from Chelmsley Wood to Olton all was quiet, however police said they had received some malicious calls and would prosecute hoaxers.

In Solihull officers searched buses in a bid to prevent youths from travelling in to Birmingham and some people in the High Street were stopped and searched.

 

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