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Second arrest over brutal Birmingham traffic warden attack

By Harry Leather | Birmingham | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Police are still appealing for help tracing the men responsible for the sickening violence.

Two men have been arrested after a shocking video emerged showing a brutal attack on a Birmingham traffic warden.

In the footage, yobs can be seen repeatedly stamping on the warden's head after he was dragged from his moped in the Alum Rock area of the city.

The moped was stolen during the vicious attack, in which at least three men kicked and stamped on the warden as he lay in the road.

Police today arrested a 19-year-old man after he handed himself in at a police station. A 20-year-old man arrested on Saturday has been released on bail.

WARNING: Video contains strong violence

Officers are continuing to appeal for help identifying the five men shown in the mobile phone footage, which was filmed between 5pm and 5.30pm on Friday on Hartopp Road at the corner with College Road.

The warden was going about his job when the gang attacked.

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Three of the men caught on camera are being treated as suspects, while two others are believed to have information which could help the investigation.

A sixth person is thought to have been part of he gang but so far no images of this suspect have been shared.

Despite the 'sickening' level of violence in the robbery, the victim did not suffer serious injuries and was treated at hospital.

Police have now circulated stills from the footage with the men caught on camera labelled from one to five. Numbers one to three are being treated as suspects.

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Police want to speak to these five men

Detective Sergeant Tom Lyons, who is leading the investigation for West Midlands Police, appealed for anyone who recognises the attackers to get in touch.

He said: “I was absolutely furious when I saw the footage."

"The level of violence used is truly shocking, and I know every right-minded person who views it will share that anger.

“We’ve already spoken to the victim. CCTV and other enquiries have already begun, but people in the community will know who these men are.

"I’d urge them to examine their conscience and do the right thing and give us the names.”

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, the cabinet member in charge of transport at Birmingham City Council, said the 'horrendous' attack would not be tolerated.

"Any violence towards our workforce or staff working for contractors is totally unacceptable," Councillor Zaffar said.

"We're in touch with our contractors and full support is being offered to the victim.

"Nobody should go to work fearing such incidents. We will do everything we can to assist the police."

  • A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery on Saturday morning and has since been bailed.
  • Anyone with information is urged to contact police via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Journalist - @hleather_star

Digital journalist covering breaking news across the region from the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton.

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