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Seventh man arrested over Birmingham hit-and-run deaths

Three men, two of whom were brothers, were struck by a car and killed during last week’s riots.

People holding a peace rally in Summerfield Park, Winson Green, Birmingham, yesterday.
People holding a peace rally in Summerfield Park, Winson Green, Birmingham, yesterday.
Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

UK POLICE have arrested a seventh man in connection with the murders of three men who were struck by a car and killed in Winson Green, Birmingham, during last week’s riots.

Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were pronounced dead at hospital after they were killed by a hit-and-run driver in the early hours of last Wednesday. Their families said they were trying to protect their business from the threat of looters and arsonists.

A 30-year-old man was arrested this morning and is being detained on suspicion of murder, West Midlands Police said in a statement.

Three men appeared in court today charged with the murders and were remanded in custody to appear in court again on 9 December. Three other men, aged between 17 and 26, have been released on bail.

The Guardian reports that the families of the victims have invited anyone who wishes to pay their respects to do so at tomorrow’s funeral service for the three men.

Jahan’s cousin Nazar Ajaib said the families thought that “because they died together, we thought it was fitting they should be buried together”.

Hundreds of people turned out yesterday for a peace rally in Winson Green in memory of the young men. Jahan’s father, who had appealed for calm in the wake of his son’s death, told Sky News that the show of support had given him “strength in my heart”.

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