West Midlands Police have uncovered an organised criminal operation after responding to reports of a disorder in Hockley yesterday (30/01).

Officers from the Force Response Unit were called to Hive Industrial Estate on Factory Road in Hockley just before 2:30pm to reports of disorder involving up to 10 men, some with knifes.

On arrival offenders attempted to flee from the scene in a stolen car but were quickly blocked in by police and swiftly arrested.

Further enquires by police resulted in a cannabis factory, eight stolen vehicles and a ‘chop shop’ being located. Stolen vehicles included a Range Rover Evoque, 3 Ford Fiesta’s, a Nissan QASHQAI, a Honda Civic, a Quad Bike and Yamaha.

Along with the stolen vehicles officers also seized false number plate making equipment, including a laptop and blank number plates.

Police continue to investigate and appeal to anyone with information to contact police via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am and midnight or to call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111

A statement issued by West Midlands Police read: “Police are investigating a disorder at an industrial estate in Factory Road, Hockley, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 30 January) just before 2.30pm.”

“It is believed a group of up to 10 men were involved, some brandishing knives. No one was hurt.”

“Enquiries continue while a man arrested at the scene remains in police custody this morning (Thursday 31 January).”

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or to call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 1400 of 30 January.”