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Officers met to discuss community relations following Winson Green verdict

Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir died in Winson Green in Birmingham Photo: Reuters

Senior police officers have met with the chief Crown Prosecutor, after eight men were acquitted of the murder of three men who died during last summer's riots in Birmingham.

21 year-old Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali aged 30, and Abdul Musavir, who was 31, who died after they were hit by a car in the Winson Green area of the city during the riots in August 2011.

After the verdict, Chief Constable for the West Midlands Chris Sims said he understood the "terrible impact [the verdict] had on two families who were already grieving", adding that the decision also affected "all the communities of Birmingham".

Artist impression of Ian Beckford in Court Credit: ITV Central

The jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday 19th July, found all eight defendants - Everton Graham, Joshua Donald, Aaron Parkins, Adam King, Ryan Goodman, Sean Flynn and Pablo Ruiz-Gaviria and Ian Beckford - not guilty of murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter. They were cleared of all charges.

The scene last year in Winson Green following the riots Credit: PA

After the trial the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police said he was looking into allegations that a senior police officer lied under oath at the trial.

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.

This announcement led to an emergency community meeting to discuss how to ensure peace is maintained across Birmingham.

Yesterday Chief Constable Chris Sims met with Harry Ireland the chief Crown prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service to discuss further steps that can be taken following the trial.

A meeting has also been planned for tomorrow between Sir Albert Bore, the leader of Birmingham City Council and senior officers to further discuss working in partnership to build community relations.

Many police officers conducted extra patrols at the weekend and continue to work closely with members of the community.

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