Police have been given special powers after a gunman opened fire on mourners during a wake in shocking scenes of violence. Emergency services rushed to Hamstead Road, Handsworth, around 6:00pm yesterday (24 February).

It comes after a community source told Birmingham Live that crowds had gathered after a funeral. They claimed the gunmen drove up in a car before firing as terrified witnesses looked on.

West Midlands Police have moved to reassure residents following the incident. And now officers will have new powers to stop and search people in certain areas.

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A short message on social media read: “We are using additional powers in areas of Birmingham tonight, including Handsworth, Aston and Perry Barr. (They will be in place) until midnight tonight.”

“This is to keep people safe after a shooting in Handsworth last night. Section 60 powers give us the ability to stop and search people without reasonable cause and will be used in the areas below “.

In its latest update, the force said it was continuing an investigation after shots were fired at a “large gathering.”


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