Statement from Steve McCabe MP on disturbances in Birmingham

Steve McCabe MP has issued a statement on the Birmingham disturbances of recent days:
I want to make clear my total condemnation of those who have been engaged in violence, disorder and looting on the streets of Birmingham. In the early hours of Wednesday 10th August, this culminated in the deaths of three young men in the Winson Green area. There are no excuses for this excess of criminal behaviour and it cannot be tolerated.
Selly Oak doesn’t appear to have been directly affected by the disorder but there has been some vandalism and skirmishes with local youths in the some parts of the constituency and elsewhere in South Birmingham and local shopkeepers in the nearby Kings Heath High St were advised to close early on Tuesday 9th August because of fears that there was a risk to their businesses. It should be stressed that these incidents appear to involve local young people and not those from outside the area and parents must ensure that they know where their children are and what they are up to.
I met with the Chief Superintendent for the Selly Oak area at 3pm on Tuesday 9th August to receive an up to date briefing on what has happened and how the police are coping with this extraordinary outbreak of crime and violence. I had a further telephone conversation with the local police at 1130 this morning and will be attending a meeting with the Chief Constable of the West Midlands later today. I will continue to monitor what is happening and what decisions are being made to protect the property, businesses and jobs of my constituents.
I want to express my gratitude to the women and men of West Midlands Police, many of whom have now been on continuous duty for over 24 hours, for their efforts to contain the violence.
Parliament has been recalled for Thursday 11th August in order that we can hear from the Prime Minister what the government is doing to make sure that the situation across the country is brought under control. As a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee I will also be taking part in an inquiry into the origins of these events and the response from the police and the government.
West Midlands Police have opened a hotline for members of the public to contact the Police in relation to disorder in Birmingham. The free phone number is 0800 096 0095 and local number is 0207 158 0125. Anyone with information should contact the police and help make sure that those involved in this disgraceful behaviour are forced to face the consequences.
Steve McCabe MP
Wednesday 10th August 2011
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