Armed police rush to 'people on a moped' after 'shots fired' in Erdington

Old Bell Road
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Four people have been arrested after shots were reportedly fired near a city street. Armed police, responding to the incident, rushed to open land near Erdington's Old Bell Road at around 5.45pm on Thursday (May 30).

West Midlands Police said officers suspected the incident involved two people on a moped. No injuries were reported.

Four men were later detained after being stopped in a car on Marsh Lane. A small quantity of drugs, two knives and a baseball bat were seized, police said.

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Two 18-year-olds and a 21-year-old were held on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, and a third 18-year-old was detained on suspicion of possessing cannabis. All four remained in custody today.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: "We've arrested four people after reports of shots being fired in open land off Old Bell Road, Birmingham at around 5.45pm yesterday. We understand the incident involved two people on a moped.

"Thankfully no-one has reported any injuries to us. Officers attended and shortly afterwards armed officers stopped a car in Marsh Lane and arrested four men. A small quantity of drugs were seized and two knives and a baseball bat were also recovered.

"Forensic experts have been examining the area with officers also retrieving and reviewing CCTV and carrying out door-to-door enquiries as investigations continue. We know the alarm and concern this incident may have caused and our local teams have extra patrols out to offer reassurance to residents so please do speak to us.

"Alongside officers out in our community we are also linking in with partner agencies to offer support and advice to anyone who needs it. Two 18-year-olds and a 21-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and a further 18-year-old arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis. All remain in custody today.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat on our website or call 101, quoting crime reference 20/541307/24."