Extraordinary footage shows armed police surround car in Birmingham Gay Village

A convoy of six police vehicles with armed officers were seen surrounding a car in Birmingham’s Gay Village on Sunday, arresting three people.

The vehicle was stopped in the early hours of Sunday morning (22 August) on Hurst Street at around 4.20am, Birmingham Mail reports.

Footage taken at the scene shows at least six police vehicles surrounding a black car. A separate video shows three people on the ground with officers handcuffing them. Another individual is led away as officers with guns watch on.

In more footage police dogs can also be seen standing guard around the car with police officers, and a police van is parked close by.

PinkNews contacted West Midlands Police for more information about the incident and arrests, but had not received a response at the time of publication.

Search continues for two men in ‘brutal’ Birmingham Gay Village attack

It’s unclear if the incident is connected to last week’s homophobic attack on a gay couple in Birmingham’s Gay Village.

The couple were beaten with glass bottles by four men in an SUV, while a female friend was dragged along the road by the moving vehicle. All three victims were left needing hospital treatment.

Yesterday police issued an appeal for three men they wanted to speak to in connection with the attack. A 31-year-old man handed himself in to a police station the same day, but a search continues for the two other suspects, Sohail Khan, 24, and Ishaaq Ayaz, 21.

“We have already completed a number of arrest attempts for the men; I would encourage them to hand themselves in and speak to us,” sergeant Marc Petford said in a statement.

“This was a shocking homophobic attack on two men enjoying a night out in our city. It’s outrageous and we’re determined to bring to justice the people responsible.”

Anybody with information on the men’s whereabouts is being urged to call 101 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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