During a showing of Frozen 2 on November 24th a machete brawl broke out. This occurred at the Star City Due in Birmingham. The brawl triggered a massive evacuation from the theatre and surrounding businesses. The police reported that roughly 100 teenagers were involved. A Machete-Wielding 13-Year-Old was among the arrested as she was wielding a machete.
According to reports, police officers were also injured during the brawl. Apparently while conducting interviews with witnesses, they claimed it was a fight between two rival factions. It was traumatic for those in the theater who just wanted to watch the film. One witness said, “a young boy was crying on the floor with his mother” as the fight started. The police told everyone to leave as they brought in guard dogs and held taser guns.
Dozens of officers were sent to the complex after a 999 call just after 5.30pm reporting a group of youths with machetesA spokesperson for West Midlands Police
Two machetes were seized during the trouble, which saw pockets of fighting and seven police officers left with minor injuries as they dealt with the crowds in and around the cinema.
Rachael Allison told the Press Association: “The police told everyone to leave the cinema as they held Taser guns in their hands and started to bring in guard dogs. “I spoke to a policeman who told me it is unclear whether the kids had weapons and also stated when kids fight they bring their group of friends.” Eyewitness Choleigh McGuire said the fight started as she queued up with her daughter for Frozen 2.
Aside from a Machete-Wielding 13-Year-Old girl, a girl and a boy, both aged 14, and a 19-year-old man were held on suspicion of assaulting police.
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. We’ve had a great response from the public who have been very supportive of our officers.Supt Ian Green, from Birmingham police