Vue Bans Screening Of Blue Story Film From All Cinemas After Machete Brawl
Vue has pulled all the screenings of gang film Blue Story from its cinemas after a mass brawl took place at a complex in Birmingham.
According to Birmingham Police, they received a call around 5:35pm to reports that a group of people with machetes had arrived at the cinema.
Now a recorded message on the cinema's answerphone says: "We regret that we will no longer be screening the film Blue Story at any of our venues," before going on to inform people what to do if they have pre-booked tickets.
Blue Story, which was released nationwide on 22 November, has reaped praise among film critics. It's a hard-hitting feature debut from writer and producer Rapman (Andrew Onwubolu) and serves as an adaptation of his successful YouTube series Shiro's Story.
According to Birmingham Live, two schoolgirls, a boy and a man were arrested and seven police officers were injured as dozens of officers swarmed the area on 23 November.
People were evacuated from the cinema at the Star City multiplex near Nechells and managers decided to close the venue.
#STARCITY ' A number of arrests have been made following disorder at Star City in #Birmingham tonight.
We were called just before 5.35pm to reports that a group of people with machetes had arrived at the cinema within the complex. pic.twitter.com/O2XSUQvnks
- West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) November 23, 2019
Birmingham Police also wrote on Twitter: "Officers arrived to find a group of more than 100 people, and pockets of fighting broke out as police moved to clear the area. A number of police officers have been assaulted, and several arrests have been made.
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"A dispersal order has been out in place giving officers the power to move on groups of people and arrest those who fail to leave. Officers remain at the scene and are liaising closely with management at the venue. Motorists are urged to avoid the area because of traffic build-up."
Supt Ian Green, from Birmingham Police, told the Mirror: "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.
"We understand that families with young children will have been left upset by what they saw last night, but we urge people to appreciate that our aim last night was to protect the public and restore order, and that's what we achieved.
"We're aware of a number of images and videos circulating on social media which appear to show those involved in last night's violence.
"We are assessing those and have already had a number of phone calls from members of the public giving us the names of people they believe were involved last night.
"I'd ask anyone with images or video who has not yet got in touch already to do so that we can make further arrests."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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