Police Are Appealing For Information
Investigations have commenced by police after claims were made that an alleged hit and run driver had been targeting a group because they were associated with the English Defence League.
The car in question is thought to be a Ford Focus which ploughed through a crowd resulting in a man being severely injured. The injured victim is said to be 40-year-old Jag Singh of the right-wing group’s controversial Sikh Division.
Mr Singh, who is a long standing member of the EDL and attends campaign rallies organised by the extremist group, is said to have broken a leg and suffered spinal injuries.
“An argument broke out between some pub-goers which spilled out into the street.”
“Police say a red Ford Focus car then turned up and drove straight at a group of up to 15 men before injuring another man as it reversed out.”
Witnesses said, “It’s a miracle that no-one was killed or more seriously hurt because the car was driving at some speed and its wheels were screeching.”
“I didn’t get a clear view but I could hear and see people being struck and tumbling over the car bonnet like skittles.”
“There was a lot of confusion and shouting and some of the men tried to smash the car’s windscreen when it stopped.”
“But the driver just reversed out again and hit somebody else before wheel-spinning away.”
He added: “There were women and a few youths stood in that group and it’s just pure luck that there wasn’t more bloodshed.”
“People were just stood in shock.”
Detective Inspector Jim Munro from West Midlands Police Force CID said: “It is believed the vehicle, a red Ford Focus car V358 KOF, although this could have been changed, deliberately drove into the group outside the pub following a disorder.
“We are carrying out forensic investigations at the scene and house to house enquiries and have local reassurance patrols in place.”
“We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area or who has information to contact police.”