Shootings and violence on the rise as gangs 'come out of lockdown'

Shootings and violence are on the increase in the West Midlands with gangs "coming out of lockdown", the region's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has warned.

PCC David Jamieson said there's been a rise in street violence in recent days and "a large increase in gun discharges".

Yesterday (29 May), West Midlands Police released shocking footage of a shooting in the Balsall Heath area, where a car was rammed off the road before a hooded gunman opened fire on the fleeing occupants.

The PCC also said he is concerned the levels of violence "are going to increase" by July and August without measures to keep young people - particularly young men and teenage boys - in education, training or employment.

We're now seeing the increase of violence on the streets. The gangs - they too are now coming out of lockdown.

David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner