Police call for calm in Yardley following disorder - The Solihull Observer

Police call for calm in Yardley following disorder

Solihull Editorial 8th Aug, 2023   0

POLICE have called for calm after a vigil for Liam Jones turned to disorder over the weekend.

West Midlands Police said it had more 60 calls from members of the public as more than 100 people gathered in Yardley, along with 20 to 30 people on bikes on Sunday (August 6).

The force said officers handed out 30 dispersal orders – preventing people from returning to the area within a designated time period could face arrest and prosecution – to motorcyclists who were riding dangerously, performing wheelies and speeding up and down Moat Lane.

Liam Jones tragically died after being hit by what West Midlands Police believe to be a Seat Leon near the junction of Moat Lane and Vera Road at around 11.55pm on August 1.

The 22-year-old was riding an electric bike at the time and was confirmed dead at the scene.

Four people arrested on suspicion of his murder have been released on bail as the investigation continues.

Birmingham Commander, Chief Superintendent Richard North said: “We fully understand that people want to pay their respects, but we ask that this is done peacefully and without disorder on the streets in Sheldon.

“We do take the type of behaviour we saw extremely seriously and we do not want it to lead to any further harm to riders or pedestrians on our streets, so we will take action where necessary.”

The force said there will be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days as it monitors any reoccurrence of the events and to reassure the public that it does not tolerate dangerous driving, disorder or anti-social behaviour.

A dispersal order was in place on Monday evening (August 7).

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