Police, ambulance crews and street wardens have been praised after violence on Westside resulted in a murder investigation.
The 50-year-old victim was struck by an object and fell over, sustaining a head injury which rendered him unconscious, when disorder broke out in front of All Bar One and the Slug & Lettuce, in Water’s Edge, Brindleyplace, at around 1.30am on Sunday (August 29).
He was taken to hospital with a fractured skull and facial injuries and died later the same day.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Mobberley, of West Midlands Police, said: “We are supporting the relatives of the man at this difficult time.
“Our officers have been working through the night to establish the full circumstances of what happened.
“We are carrying out a robust investigation to find who is responsible and ensure they are brought to justice.”
The incident led to police cordons around the front of All Bar One, the Slug and Lettuce, Wagamama and Lulu Wild while officers collected evidence.
Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, said: “First of all we would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of the gentleman who sadly died.
“We are as shocked as anyone at what was a rare case of such extreme violence on Westside. Like any entertainment area, there can sometimes be misbehaviour by people in high-spirits, but it’s very unusual for things to get out of control like this.
“The BID would like to thank West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Brindleyplace security and our own street wardens for responding so quickly to the situation.
“The emergency services quickly took the action that was needed to investigate the disorder and care for the injured, while our wardens made sure that people were moved on and where necessary guided to safely get home.
“The police have told us that the staff at the nearby venues also acted in an exemplary way to help them to restore order, voluntarily closing and assisting with investigations.”
Mr Olley added: “While this was obviously an unsavoury incident, people should be reassured that such moments are the exception on Westside, where our wardens work closely with the security staff at venues and with the police when needed to keep everything calm.”
Det Insp Mobberley added: “We’re keen to speak to those who were in Brindleyplace at the time and may have been filming what happened on their mobile phone.
“Anyone with information is asked to message us on Live Chat via our website or call 101 quoting log 285 of 29 August. Alternatively you can ring the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
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