Police cordoned off the area where a 23-year old black man was fatally stabbed by youths during the violence in the Lozells area.
The police have said there was more rioting in the Lozells area of Birmngham, marking the second night of rioting in the city, during which a 23-year old black was stabbed to death by a group of Asian youths.

The rioting erupted on Saturday evening after hundreds of people from the community attended the Campaign for Silent Victims rallies in Birmingham and London to protest against the negligent reporting and lacking support of victims of crime, by the media and the authorities.

The campaign was prompted by the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year old Jamaican-born girl by an Asian man in a shop earlier on in the week.

Over a thousand people in the area had signed a petition calling for those who raped the teenager, to be brought to justice.

However, there are also speculative reports that other black women have been the victim of such attacks in recent weeks, residents have said.

40 community leaders had also met with the West Midlands police earlier on Saturday afternoon following the allegations to calm the tension between the Black and Asian communities living in the area. The police is appealing for the teenager to come forward to report the rape.

According to eyewitnesses, the violence kicked off after the peaceful protests and the public meeting at the New Testament Church of God had ended.

Eyewitneses said a group of Asian youths had tried to get into the meeting and some began throwing stones at some of those who attended the meeting.


Youths burned cars, attacked motorists & vandalised shops after tension between the Black & Asian communties overboiled.
The violence escalated towards the evening when groups of hooded youths roamed the streets of wielding baseball bats and started attacking motorists, burning cars and vandalising buildings.

Three other people were stabbed during the violence and two were shot. 35 other people were also taken to hospital to treat their injuries.

An officer was shot in the leg by a ball-bearing gun during the confrontations between riot police and youths throwing bricks and bottles.

Certain parts of Birmingham were said to have been cordoned off as police helicopters flew over the areas. Residents have complained the police used unnecessary force in their attempts to the restrain youths.

There was an urgent appeal for calm by community leaders and the police, who said it was a minority who were causing the disruption.

Bishop Joe Aldred from the Council of Black Led-Churches, who was at the meeting condemned the rioting and said although primarily young people were involved in initiating the violence, many others also participated in the events.

Assistant Chief Constable David Shaw, from West Midlands Police urged the community to refrain from spreading unsubstantiated rumours and rely on facts.

In response to the death of the young black man, he added: “It is entirely unacceptable that certain elements have chosen to exact violence in this way.

"This is the work of a small number of individuals and is not a true reflection of community relations in Birmingham."

Labour MP for Perry Barr, Khalid Mahmood, who was also at the meeting said those community members who had attended the meeting had been satisfied with the explanations given and claimed many of the people who were involved in the violence were from outside the area.