The doors to Birmingham Cathedral Colmore Row, have closed today in response to the national terror threat level being increased to Critical.
Acting Dean of Birmingham Cathedral, The Revd Canon Nigel Hand, said he and the cathedral team had been developing a Rapid Response Plan with colleagues in the local Counter Terrorism Unit.
We have taken the difficult decision to close Birmingham Cathedral to the general public for the next 24hours. The Cathedral will, however, continue to hold some services.
Cathedral Square will be a place of prayer, reflection and hope in the coming days. A prayer station has been set up outside the cathedral for people to have a moment of prayer and reflection.
At this time, we are committed to the safety and security of our congregations, visitors, staff and the general public. Cathedral clergy and staff remain committed to ministering to our local community, and we will, as always seek ways to do so.
Our prayers remain with all those individuals and their families whose lives have been touched by acts of terrorism, in Manchester and across the globe.
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A man has been arrested following a disturbance near a vigil in Birmingham city centre this evening.
The 39-year-old Birmingham man – who is known to police and is thought to have a history of mental ill-health - was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
The event was being held in support of the victims of yesterday’s Manchester terror attack.
Officers spotted the man acting suspiciously and spoke to him. At this point they have arrested him.
The man was carrying a bag, and as a precaution, Victoria Square where the vigil was being held was cleared for around 15 minutes.
A small axe was recovered along with a large stick.
We will be interviewing the man to understand his intentions after mental health experts have assessed his condition.
I’d like to thank people for the calm and collected way in which they responded to the incident.
The professionalism of our officers who responded to the incident is also commendable and indicative of British policing.
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Birmingham City Council has said it will hold a minute’s silence at the start of Full Council today and it has postpones evening’s civic dinner.
The joint statement from outgoing Lord Mayor Cllr Carl Rice and Lord Mayor Elect Cllr Anne Underwood said:
After the awful events of last night in Manchester and as a mark of respect for the families who have lost loved ones or have injured loved ones we have decided to postpone this evening’s civic dinner following the Council AGM.
Birmingham stands by our sister city in this time of sadness and are sending our condolences to all of those who have been affected.
We will hold a minute’s silence at the start of Full Council later and will both be thinking of everyone involved.