Dennis Road
Dennis Road

West Midlands Police have launched investigation after they were called to disorder outside Anderton Park Primary School last night (19/05).

Officers were called at around 9.30pm to reports of assault and criminal damage caused to properties on Dennis Road, Balsall Heath.

West Midlands Police said it’s understood a group of people went to the school to display posters with messages of love and support following recent tensions around LGBT awareness on the school agenda. Another group then arrived and eggs were thrown at people and houses.

An investigation is underway, with officers investigating three separate reports of assault and two reports of criminal damage.

A CCTV review and trawl is taking place, officers are speaking to victims and witnesses to take statements and video footage circulated on social media is being reviewed to establish whether any additional offences have taken place.

Officers are also investigating a report of malicious communications received by the school last Thursday (16/05).

Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, from Birmingham East police, said: “We remain wholly committed to tackling all forms of hate crime; such behaviour is completely unacceptable within our many diverse and multi-cultural communities.

“Officers have been working closely with the school, the local community and the parents over recent months and have policed a number of protests.

“It seems last night’s offences were motivated by hate and we need to get to the bottom of what happened and why.

“We continue to work in partnership with the school and our local communities.

“There will be a visible police presence in the area to offer reassurance to our communities over the coming days.”

Those with concerns are urged to speak to officers directly or get in contact with their local neighbourhood teams. Details can be found here – https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-local-police/

Anyone with information about what happened last night should contact police via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am and midnight. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.