Closure order served on Erdington shop 'at the centre of problems for the community'

International Superstore, Erdington High Street
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A shop which has been at the centre of weekly protests has been temporarily shut down by police. A one month closure order was served on the International Superstore on Erdington High Street on Thursday following disorder which has been a source of 'significant distress' in the community, police said.

In a statement, police working alongside Trading Standards, said they were "aware of protests that have taken place and our officers have listened to the community concerns." On Friday, the shop was closed with broomsticks placed across the front to prevent entry.

Stock remained piled outside. An official police notice was stuck to the front door.

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Sergeant Fran Clark, from the neighbourhood team, said: “This property has been a source of significant distress for many in the Erdington community.

“We received numerous complaints regarding an attack that took place in May. Our investigation into the violent disorder and racially aggravated assault is progressing well, and six people who have been arrested remain on bail while we continue to gather evidence.

“We are pleased to report that a one-month closure order has successfully obtained through the courts, and we hope that this will significantly improve the tensions and reassure the community who have been negatively impacted by the disorder originating from this property."

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Community activist Desmond Jaddoo who helped organise weekly demonstrations said the order demonstrated "a need for zero tolerance" to the alleged attacks. He said: "We welcome the police's swift action to apply this closure.

"Although it may be temporary, we are adamant it needs to be permanent. This sort of behaviour should not be tolerated in our community."

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