In response to the news that eight men accused of the murder of three men during last summer’s riots had been acquitted, the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, said:
“We have to respect the words of Judge Mr Justice Flaux in relation to this verdict:
“It is important that however strong feelings are within the community in Winson Green and adjacent areas, that calm is maintained and that these verdicts are respected.
“Any other action would not be honouring those who died. In fact, quite the reverse. What happened on the streets of Birmingham and other cities last August should never be repeated.”
“I would also appeal to all members of the community to remain calm at this emotional time, as we approach the first anniversary of this tragic event.”