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Birmingham and Wolverhampton see worst scenes since beginning of Riots

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Public transport is set to continue as normal in Birmingham and Wolverhampton following the violence that erupted in the Riots last night.

Just after the evening rush hour, changes had to be put into place for bus services in the two cities after rumours of riots intensified.

All transport bound for Birmingham City Centre terminated at the last stop on their route before the Inner Ring Road so as to avoid the centre of the city after rumours amassed that more riots would take place after those of Monday night.

In Wolverhampton city centre, all National Express West Midlands buses terminated outside the Wolverhampton Ring Road and did not travel into the heart of the city centre.

Police advised transport bosses to keep the bus station closed throughout the night in an attempt to protect individuals and property.

All train and metro services continued to run as normal throughout the troubles, but others struggled when West Midlands Special Needs Transport decided only Ring and Ride return trips in Wolverhampton should be undertaken. All other journeys were cancelled after informing the passengers.

Riots in Birmingham were some of the worst scenes seen since the troubles began as three men paid the ultimate price for protecting homes and people. 

The three were involved in a hit and run, in which a 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with. The men had been putting out a fire that had been set to a car, as youths continued to cause trouble.

Locals said the victims, who were aged between 20 and 31, were part of a group who had gathered to protect local shops used by all sections of the community.

A resident in the area said, “They lost their lives for other people, doing the job of the police.

“They weren't standing outside a mosque, a temple, a synagogue or a church - they were standing outside shops where everybody goes. They were protecting the community as a whole.”

Police made 109 arrests across the areas of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich last night, with 19 due to appear in court today charged with offences including burglary, theft and violent disorder.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

By Ben Malkin © Copyright Autonet Insurance