Teenage girl was sent 'thousands of death threats' after video of her attacking two girls went viral, court told

Teenager cannot be named for legal reason

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A 16-year-old girl has been sent “thousands of death threats”, after she appeared in a viral video attacking two other teenagers, a court has heard.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was shown in a video physically and verbally assaulting two girls. She appeared at Birmingham Youth Court on Wednesday, and has admitted robbery and assault.

The attack, captured on camera and viewed millions of times online, took place in Northfields in Birmingham at around 10pm on Saturday night.

Afterwards, the teenager and her 44-year-old mother left their home on Tuesday after a crowd reportedly sprayed graffiti over the Birmingham house, with her solicitor telling the court that her client had received "thousands of death threats" after her identity - including her phone number - was shared online.

West Midlands Police have urged people to take down the video, reminding social media users that naming the individual in the video could jeopardise court proceedings.

As a result of the online vitriol, a police spokesperson confirmed that the girl had been taken into police custody "for her own welfare".

District judge Shamim Qureshi warned that there was a "high probability" that the teenager would be given an eight-month training order and detention.

Officers also confirmed there were plans to arrest a second individual who also featured in the viral video.