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Girl, 13, among five teens arrested after machete brawl

A 13-year-old girl is among five teenagers who have been arrested following a major brawl at a cinema in Birmingham.

The teenager, alongside another girl and a boy, both aged 14, as well as a 19-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting police. Another 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.

Officers were called to Star City, an entertainment complex in the Nechells area, just after 5.30pm on Saturday following reports that a group of people with machetes had arrived.

Image: Police attended the scene just after 5.30pm in Birmingham

More than 100 people were at the cinema and "pockets of fighting" broke out as officers tried to clear the area, West Midlands Police said in a statement.

A dispersal order was put in place, allowing police to arrest anyone who did not leave the area – which was largely cleared by 9pm.

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Three officers suffered minor face injuries in the incident, and as well as seizing two machetes, police also recovered a knife from a roundabout close to the cinema.

Police are working to understand why trouble broke out at the venue.

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Witnesses say that police attended the scene with firearms, tasers and police dogs.

The cinema remained closed for the rest of the evening.

Superintendent Ian Green from Birmingham police, said: "This was a major outbreak of trouble which left families who were just trying to enjoy a night out at the cinema understandably frightened.

"We worked quickly to move the crowds on, but were met with a very hostile response and officers had to draw Tasers to restore order.

"Thankfully, the injuries to our officers were very minor. We've also recovered two machetes and a knife, and it's clear that some of those who went to Star City last night were intent on causing trouble."

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