Bid to end feud over parking

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Senior officers were hoping for "constructive dialogue" with community leaders yesterday after police had been stoned by youths in a long-running feud over parking restrictions.

Trouble flared in Alum Rock Road, in the Saltley area of Birmingham, on Tuesday night after the arrest earlier in the day of three men who allegedly intervened as an officer issued a fixed-penalty parking ticket.

More than 200 Asian youths surrounded the city's Digbeth police station, and later walked through the streets throwing missiles at police and stoning buses and passing vehicles. One officer suffered minor injuries.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer and affray and was due to appear before magistrates.

Officers, led by Superintendent Roger Conway, met six community leaders and councillors in the predominantly Asian neighbourhood in a bid to resolve the problem quickly.

Divisional Commander Colin Macdonald said: "We will be talking about the reasons behind the events and how they can be resolved. We are hoping to have a constructive dialogue with the community."

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