Riots have erupted across England's second city, Birmingham.
West Midlands Police have stormed the second city in protective gear against a sudden violent upsurge in the retail heartland. Transportation in and out of the city has been affected.
West Midlands Police website reported that the Police "are aware of some disorder in Birmingham city centre".
Several premises in the city centre have been attacked and images can be viewed here with some shop windows smashed and property stolen in various locations.
ACC Sharon Rowe was quoted as saying "We will not tolerate mindless violence and damage anywhere in the West Midlands and are working to ensure that the offenders are identified and caught as soon as possible.
"A policing operation is in place with extra officers in Birmingham to restore calm in the city centre, and protect local people and businesses.
"Our communities have made it clear to us that they do not want this kind of violence in their city and we will continue to work with them to bring anybody who commits acts of crime or anti-social behaviour to justice as soon as possible."
Leading Birmingham radio station BRMB reported on their website that "Police won’t tell us just how many officers are out in the city centre, but we are told there are extra resources trying to keep the peace"
Today's events are believed to be connected to calls for activities on social networking sites for potential disorder in the second city, similar to that seen in the London over the weekend. This paved the way for the Bull Ring Shopping centre to close their doors an hour early.
A spokesperson for Bullring told local radio station brmb:
“We’ve not had any incidents but took the decision to close early as a precaution.”