Man stabbed during mass brawl involving people armed with hammers and chains

A security operation is under way in an area of Birmingham following a mass brawl involving 60 people last night.

One man was stabbed and weapons including a hammer and a chain were found at the scene of the disturbance. 

Police have triggered emergency stop and search powers following the ‘large scale disorder’ in Sparkhill Park last night.

At least five others were injured during a huge group fight around three miles from the city centre.

Police said those involved were understood to have gathered off Stratford Road at just before 9pm.

A 26-year-old was taken to hospital with stab wounds which proved not to be life threatening.

A 23-year-old man suffered a suspected fractured eye socket while four others aged between 27 and 52 emerged with lesser injuries.

Detectives are working to find out who was involved and what triggered the violence after finding deadly weapons in the park.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘We’ll have visible patrols in and around the park – and surrounding area – over the weekend.

‘We’ll also have S60 powers available from now until 11.59pm today.

‘This means we can stop and search people we suspect may be involved in violence, involving weapons, without the need to have reasonable grounds. 

‘We don’t use s60 powers lightly but we must do all we can to reduce the risk of further disorder. Our priority is to protect the public.’

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