Response to not guilty verdict

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and West Midlands Police have responded to the not guilty verdicts in the Winson Green Murder trial.

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Allegations surrounding Winson Green trial, full report

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says he is looking into allegations that a senior police officer lied under oath at the murder trial of 8 men.

Yesterday all 8 defendants were cleared of murdering Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, who died after being hit by a car during the riots last summer.

Today community leaders said the police had to start being more transparent and accountable. Charlotte Grant reports.

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An emergency community meeting was held in Birmingham last night following the verdict of the Winson Green trial

A once divided community in Winson Green, this morning seemed united in demanding answers over the conduct of West Midlands police.

Eight men were yesterday cleared of murdering Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, who died in last summer's riots in Birmingham.

But it came to light that in the later stages of the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the judge decided that a senior police officer had lied under oath.

It led to an emergency community meeting being called last night, a spokesperson said the people of Birmingham need to move on from this tragedy.

West Midlands Police say the senior officer involved has not been suspended, an investigation by the police watchdog, the IPCC is now being carried out.

Chief Constable says he will do all he can to maintain peace in Birmingham

Chief Constable Chris Sims has relseased a statement following the verdict of the Winson Green trial yesterday where eight men were found not guilty of the deaths of three men who died in last summer's riots. He assured he will do all he can to ensure peace remains in Birmingham.

"I understand the terrible impact that yesterday"s verdict had on two families who were already grieving the loss of three young men."It is also clear that the trial decision has affected all the communities of Birmingham."My officers carried out a painstaking investigation in difficult circumstances. The people involved in the incident were identified and the facts put before the jury, including disturbing CCTV footage of the event."

– Chief Constable Chris Sims

The Chief Constable went on to say the police respect the jury's decision and commented on the IPCC enquiry.

"There has been comment in the media over the judge's decision concerning an officer lying in court. I understand that this particular issue is of significant concern to our communities."Determining a police officer has lied in court is a serious issue.

"I do not at this time understand how, on the facts currently known, this decision has been reached. Whilst we support the IPCC enquiry, I have asked officers and legal advisors to review transcripts and statements on that part of the proceedings to determine what steps I may wish to take on this matter.

– Chief Constable Chris Sims

The Chief Constable concluded his statement by saying that he continues to meet with members of the community who are working hard to maintain calm and strengthen relationships, doing all he can to support their work.

Winson Green Verdict, full report

by Kate Fisher

Eight men have been cleared of murdering three friends who were knocked down by a car during last summer's riots.

Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir were protecting local businesses in the Winson Green area of Birmingham when they died.

Today the Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an inquiry after the senior investigating officers lied during the trial. Our correspondent Kate Fisher has our top story.

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