Shocking moment two traffic wardens are brutally battered in the street in Birmingham on the day Labour-led council declared bankruptcy
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Shocking footage shows two traffic wardens being brutally battered in the street in Birmingham – after they were allegedly targeted over the Labour-led council’s bankruptcy crisis.
The disturbing video was filmed on Stratford Road, in the Sparkhill area of the city, on the day it was announced the debt-ridden local authority had effectively declared itself bankrupt.
One traffic warden can be seen being kneed in the face while another has punches thrown at him in the middle of the busy street.
Onlookers said the thugs struck on Tuesday afternoon after claiming the civil enforcement officers had ‘no power anymore’.
One witness said: ‘These guys were just doing their jobs and obviously have nothing to do with what’s going on at the council. They were saying they had no power anymore around here and several idiots tried to drive them out of the area using the bankruptcy stuff as an excuse.
The disturbing video was filmed on Stratford Road, in the Sparkhill area of the city, on the day it was announced the debt-ridden local authority had effectively declared itself bankrupt
‘It does make you worry what’s going through these peoples heads, they haven’t got a clue and I fear things could escalate.
‘It’s like they believe the authorities have no power over them anymore. What is attacking traffic wardens going to achieve anyway? It’s just moronic behaviour and it took place in broad daylight in front of families with children.’
Yesterday (Tue) the Labour-run council issued a section 114 notice, meaning it cannot meet its financial liabilities amid an outstanding £760million of equal pay claims.
The council, which is Europe’s largest local authority, confirmed all but essential new spending must stop immediately.
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: ‘Nobody should suffer abuse or assault for simply trying to do their job and we will be contacting the company that employs the officers to ensure they are okay and see if any support is needed.’
A West Midlands Police spokesperson they are investigating after two traffic enforcement officers were assaulted on Stratford Road on Monday afternoon, September 5.
One traffic warden can be seen being kneed in the face while another has punches thrown at him in the middle of the busy street
Onlookers said the thugs struck on Tuesday afternoon after claiming the civil enforcement officers had ‘no power anymore’
Inspector Neil Kirkpatrick said: ‘We’re aware of video footage of the attack circulating on social media which shows a particularly nasty assault on two traffic enforcement officers.
‘No-one should have to be subjected to violence in the course of their work and I’m relieved they did not suffer more serious injuries.
‘We’re determined to bring their assailants to justice and I ask that anyone who witnessed the assault or who has information should contact us if they haven’t already done so.’
You can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on their website, quoting crime reference 20/196136/23 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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