Man floored in chaotic city brawl as police patrols step up after three deaths
A man was floored by a punch in the middle of a city centre, which has been marred with violence in recent weeks.
Police were out in force after stepping up patrols in Birmingham’s golden mile following three deaths in the area in recent weeks, Birmingham Live reports.
But a fight out was still caught on camera as it broke out opposite Broad Street’s Walkabout in the early hours of Sunday, October 3.
Birmingham Live ‘s reporter was at the scene after joining with wardens in the area for the evening.
In the footage, two men can be seen chasing another group in the street as onlookers scream for the ruckus to stop.
One of the pair was already seen to have blood gushing from his nose before the recording began.
Later, one of them was knocked to the floor after being punched in the face.
Police and Westside wardens quickly broke up the scrap by detaining a man.
Another man, who police suspected might have thrown the punch, was also handcuffed but officers later found out he wasn’t the attacker.
All involved were told by police they were free to go after around 40 minutes of questioning.
On Monday, West Midlands Police told BirminghamLive it had no record of the incident.
Last month, the force stepped up city centre patrols after a spate of weekend violence ended in three deaths in a month.
One of those who died, Matthew Carroll, 50, was out with his son and his friends who were involved in a fight just off Broad Street at around 1.30am on Sunday, August 29.
He was struck with an object, suffered a fractured skull and died later in hospital.
A 33-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with Mr Carroll’s death.