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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK
Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent

Three arrested after ‘nasty assault’ on Birmingham traffic wardens

Sparkbrook in Birmingham
The alleged attack took place Sparkbrook, south Birmingham, on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Andrew Fox

Three men have been arrested after two traffic wardens were subjected to a “nasty assault” while carrying out their duties in Birmingham.

West Midlands police said three men, aged 31, 23 and 20, had been held on suspicion of assault and remained in police custody.

In a video circulated on social media, a traffic warden in a hi-vis jacket can be seen surrounded by large group of men and a number of them appear to punch him as he tries to escape. Another warden appears to be grabbed by a man who attempts to knee him in the face as a number of onlookers watch.

The incident took place on Stratford Road in Sparkbrook, south Birmingham, on Monday afternoon.

Posting on X, formerly Twitter, Insp Neil Kirkpatrick from the force said: “Like the community, I too was sickened by this incident. Made it my mission for my team to track down who we believe are offenders today. Can confirm three arrests have been made.”

He then clarified there had been “three arrests so far”, suggesting police were still looking for others in relation to the incident.

In a statement issued by the force, Kirkpatrick said police were aware “of video footage of the attack circulating on social media which shows a particularly nasty assault on two traffic enforcement officers.

“No one should have to be subjected to violence in the course of their work and I’m relieved they did not suffer more serious injuries,” he said. “We’re determined to bring their assailants to justice and I ask that anyone who witnessed the assault or who has information should contact us if they haven’t already done so.”

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