Birmingham deaths: police hunt continues
Saturday 13 August 2011
Detectives investigating the murders of three friends struck by a car while protecting shops from looters in Birmingham are seeking further suspects but continued to question three men arrested on Thursday.
Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were mowed down in Winson Green as they tried to protect local businesses. A 32-year-old man, who was arrested within hours of the fatal incident, was released on bail on Thursday. Officers told an inquest the incident was captured on CCTV.
A second car has also been recovered which is believed to have been "in convoy" with the vehicle that hit the men, according to Detective Superintendent Richard Baker. "The offending [burnt out] vehicle was found 200 metres from the scene of the incident. We are still actively seeking other people we believe were in the vehicles."
Relatives of the three victims will make further appeals for calm today during a police press conference amid fears that relations between community groups remain dangerously tense. Police have not released details about the ethnicity of the men arrested but rumours that the culprits are Afro-Caribbean have increased tensions.
Haroon Jahan's father, Tariq Jahan, was singled out for praise by the chief constable on Thursday after his plea for calm appeared to diffuse racial tensions. Floral tributes and messages from black, white and Asian people continued to mount as people travelled for miles to pay their respects.
The city coroner opened and adjourned the inquests yesterday and said he hoped to release the bodies next Wednesday.
There have been 445 arrests so far in the West Midlands. A van broadcasting CCTV images travelled around Birmingham to allow residents to get a look at suspects' faces.
Ottawa shooting: Canadian soldier dies after being shot at National War Memorial with one gunman killed inside parliament
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Isis releases first video showing stoning of woman accused of committing adultery as her father shouts 'don't call me Dad'
Oscar Pistorius: The brutal prison life that awaits disgraced athlete
Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991 with most Brits wanting to stay in'
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat