Birmingham threat response

Investigations continue this morning into threats made on the city centre and the bullring shopping centre in Birmingham.

Investigations to trace Birmingham city centre threats

Investigations are continuing this morning to trace threats made yesterday, that led to an increased police presence in Birmingham city centre and the Bullring shopping centre.

Patrols were increased, supported by armed police and the National Police Air Service, after Police received information in the early afternoon that a man was threatening public safety.

Normal police patrols were resumed in the evening after officers identified no risk to the city centre.

Public safety is our number one priority and we responded according to specific intelligence received about threats being made by an individual.

As a precaution, we deployed a strong police presence into the city centre and Bullring.

I am grateful for the co-operation of the Bullring, the public and our partners for their support during the policing operation.

– Chief Superintendent Clive Burgess, Birmingham Police Commander

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Police still in Birmingham as "precaution"

West Midlands Police increased patrols in Birmingham city centre this afternoon following information received from a member of the public. They say:

"Public safety is our first priority and we responded following specific intelligence; enquiries are ongoing.

The increased presence has been undertaken as a precaution, and continues. Local officers on the ground are being supported by armed officers and colleagues from the National Police Air Service.

We are working closely with Bullring management, local partners and Birmingham City Council. Bullring and the city centre are open for business as usual."