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Pegida march & counter protests pass off peacefully

Video report by ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin

Police say an anti-Islam protest and counter demonstrations in Birmingham today have passed off peacefully.

A silent march took place by a group called Pegida, which was first formed in Germany in 2013, but has now been set up in this country by the former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson.

Anti-fascist demonstrations also took place in Birmingham to counter the views of the right wing group, and police say one man was arrested for a public order offence.

Chris Halpin reports.

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Pictures: Pegida rally gets underway in Birmingham

The anti-Islam rally by right-wing group Pegida has started in Birmingham today.

A counter demonstration will also be taking place.

Pegida rally in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central
Pegida rally in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central
Pegida rally in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central
Pegida rally in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

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Appeal for taxi driver to come forward in Digbeth murder

Police are appealing to trace the driver of a private hire vehicle, which was on Rea Street South on Wednesday 3 February at the time when a man was shot dead during an armed robbery.

Akhtar Javeed died during an attempted robbery at a warehouse in Birmingham

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of Birmingham businessman Akhtar Javeed, 56, who was shot in the neck at the Direct Source 3 warehouse in Digbeth.

We are keen to trace the driver of a private hire vehicle believed to be a saloon which followed a vehicle with no lights on from Rea Street South turning left into MacDonald street at around 6.40pm. We believe this was a targeted robbery attempt at the business premises in Rea Street South, near to the junction with MacDonald Street.

It happened at a time when other people may have been leaving work for the day and someone may have seen what happened or have important information about the suspects."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin

Mr Javeed's family have been made aware of the result and paid tribute to him describing him as “an honest man who valued his family more than anything else.”

Please help bring closure to our family and justice for him. He was cruelly taken away from us and his young children who will now have to grow up without their father. Please help us."

– Mr Javeed's family
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