Riot investigation police make school arrest

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Detectives investigating August's outbreak of looting and disorder have arrested a further 14 people today in a series of dawn raids.









West Midlands Police said those detained in its latest wave of arrests included a 14-year-old boy who was taken into custody at a school in Wolverhampton on suspicion of burgling a jewellery store in the city.



The early morning raids were carried out in Birmingham, Tipton, Oldbury, Warley and Wolverhampton as part of Operation View, bringing the total number of riot-related arrests in the West Midlands to 671.



Detective Inspector Paul Drover, who is leading the operation, said: "For the second time in five days we have gone out and targeted suspected outstanding offenders.



"Hopefully the message is now starting to get through to those involved in the disorder that we simply will not stop until we have located and arrested you.



"We continue to trawl hours and hours of CCTV footage to identify suspects and these arrest missions are set to continue for the foreseeable future for as long as we still have offenders outstanding."



In a direct message to those involved in the disorder, the officer added: "The best thing you can do, if you don't want us knocking on your door, is hand yourself in at your local police station."

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