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Birmingham's Somalian community call for police to do more to tackle gun crime

Today members of the Somalian community came together to remember 36-year-old father of four, Mekel Sterling who was killed in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday.

At Friday prayers there were calls for more to be done to tackle the rise in gun crime across the area.

  • ITV's Robert Townsend reports:

West Midlands Police said they are committed to closing in on those who bring fear to communities and added that protecting members of the public from people who carry weapons is their priority.


Teenagers arrested as police investigate firearms reports

Four men were arrested in Stoke this afternoon on suspicion of firearms offences after they were spotted acting suspiciously.

The men were aged 16, 17, 17, and 27. Credit: PA Images

The men were aged 16, 17, 17, and 27.

Staff at the city centre's CCTV control unit alerted police to the men in question after they were seen to be in possession of what looked like a firearm.

Armed officers were called to the city centre and the men were found in Hanley at around 4.15pm in the Stafford Street area.

Officers recovered what is believed to be two firearms which will be examined.

Nottingham councillors want long term solution to gun crime

Nottingham City Council says it has a dedicated team working to prevent gun crime in the city, and is looking for long term ways of preventing future problems.

The council released a statement following criticism of the recent gun amnesty in Nottingham, who say amnesties are not the most effective solution.

Nottingham faces a smaller problem than many big cities, but it is still an issue which needs tackling.

We have a dedicated team focused on tackling gang and youth violence in the short term... well as exploring long term ways of working with the community to prevent future incidents.

– Nottingham City Council statement