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WATCH: CCTV shows Resorts World gang violence

By James Vukmirovic | Birmingham | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Five men have been jailed after gang violence which saw two men stabbed in front of shoppers at Resorts World in Birmingham.

The knife violence was captured on CCTV

The violence broke out when two rival gangs ran into each other in a chance meeting at the Nike store at the shopping centre.

Christ Lidiu, from Walsall was in the shop with Samba Faal when Damel Lebert, Shyieme Lynvest and Raseante Spencer-Hamilton walked in on September 6 last year.

WATCH: CCTV shows shopping centre stabbings

Five jailed after Resorts World violence

The three men backed off as Faal and Lidiu confronted them in the doorway, with Lynvest appearing to indicate he was carrying a knife.

The confrontation then turned and Faal was punched, falling to the floor unconscious before Spencer-Hamilton and Lebert jumped on him.

Security camera footage shows the moment Lidiu lashed out with a knife at Rugeley man Spencer-Hamilton, leaving him with a 30cm slash wound to his arm which cut down to the bone, while Lynvest was stabbed in the back by Lidiu.

CCTV also shows Lynvest dropping his knife in an outside drain as the men flee.

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The five were identified from CCTV and charged with violent disorder after an investigation by the Birmingham Organised Crime & Gangs Team.

Faal, 22, from Holmfield Road, Coventry, and Spencer-Hamilton, 21, from Great Meadow Lane, Rugeley, were found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court in June and each sentenced to two years in prison.

Lynvest, 22, from Lea Bank, Birmingham, was jailed for two years and three months at Birmingham Crown Court in June after admitting the offence.

On July 7, Lidiu, 20 and from Oxford Street, Pleck, was found guilty of violent disorder and using a knife to make threats and was jailed for 30 months, while Lebert, 23, of no fixed address, was jailed for 20 months.

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Chief Inspector Phil Cape, of the Birmingham Organised Crime & Gangs Team, thanked the members of the public who came forward to help with the investigation.

He said: "Yet again, we have young men who are now spending time behind bars because they thought it was acceptable to carry a knife. It never is.

"We’ll continue to arrest people and disrupt gang activity in Birmingham, while working with other organisations to help young people at risk of falling into that lifestyle.

"We want young people to know that there is a better way, but that if they choose to go down that path, they can expect to be arrested and jailed."

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at james.vukmirovic@expressandstar.co.uk.

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