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Birmingham Yardley MP calls for calm: "Any of the hate crimes we're seeing have got to stop"

Following the historic Brexit Vote the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley Jess Phillips says it's a time for diverse communities to come together.

She herself favoured remaining in the EU but says the priority now is to look to the future. She's also been explaining why she resigned from her junior post in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet today.

She spoke to our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie:

Birmingham man charged with preparing for acts of terrorism

Birmingham man charged with preparing for acts of terrorism Credit: PA

A Birmingham man has been charged with preparing for acts of terrorism contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Zahid Hussain, formerly of Naseby Road in Alum Rock, was arrested on 9 June 2015 in Naseby Road initially for possessing an offensive weapon in public.

The 28-year-old was later held by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit detectives after a search of his home recovered explosives and other suspicious materials.

Police stressed that there was no immediate risk to the public. Since his arrest he has been detained under the Mental Health Act and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow (28 June).


Two arrests at EDL protest in Sheldon

A protest by the English Defence League passed off without any major incident yesterday with two arrests and no reports of disorder or injuries, West Midlands Police have confirmed.

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Around 30 people staged a rally on the Coventry Road, Sheldon, in Birmingham, between 1pm and 2.30pm.

There were no reports of serious disorder or injuries. A 30-year-old man was arrested for a public order offence after an offensive banner was displayed. The banner was seized, the man remains in police custody today.

An 18-year-old man was arrested for an unrelated matter and was later bailed pending further enquiries.

We had been planning for yesterday’s events for the past month and we were confident the rally would be peaceful.

Our negotiations with the organiser were very positive and they stressed their intentions to express their views without resorting to disorder.

A post investigation is underway to determine if any other offences were committed and action will be taken if any further offences are identified. I would urge anyone with photos or information to contact me on 101.

– Inspector Dave Keen, from Birmingham East local policing unit
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