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Horrified readers have highlighted security at a Birmingham nightclub after a gun was pulled out in a mass brawl on the venue’s dancefloor. Shocking footage, which can be viewed above, revealed how a huge fight had erupted inside Prisma nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. The trouble sparked on the dancefloor and later spilled outside where a man was slashed in the face and taken to hospital.
Footage taken by a terrified clubber shows how a man had pulled a gun from his pocket during the huge fight, in which bottles were used as weapons as well.
In the 30-second clip, screams of terror can be heard as several revellers cower behind the bar for their safety. The brawl continues as the gunman raises the weapon in the air before stamping on a man lying on the floor. Man with what appears to be a gun involved in mass brawl at Prisma Another club goer, who has been brought to his knees, can be seen clutching at the wall as he tries to get to his feet and escape from the club. And Birmingham Mail readers have since slammed the Bristol Street venue, questioning ‘where’s the security?’ One reader suggested that a gun would have been found had the clubbers been searched1 . Patrick Roome wrote: “Where is security ? At football game, well Albion, every person is searched.” And another, Ahmed Hassan, added: “That s bad news but where s security?”
After viewing the footage taken from inside the club, Christine James commented: “Looks like a den of iniquity!” While a clubber, who had not long left the venue, stated it had been a ‘good party’ before the chaos sparked.
Tamara Snape wrote: “I left 5am as my feet were hurting me wow just after I left oh dear was a good party though before I left.” Tammy Caulfield added: “Glad I don’t go out anymore!” Shocking scenes of violence at Prisma nightclub The witness, who filmed the footage and did not wish to be named, also questioned how the weapon got into the venue. He said: “I was with the DJ on the night, I don’t understand how the fight began but a lot of people broke into a fight, bottles were being used at some point there was a gun shown but not used.
“I was shocked, I couldn’t believe how a weapon can enter a club, how security just stood around looking for the fight to just magically die out.
“There was no structure in how to handle a situation like this.
“Ordinary people had to pull and separate each other, people were hiding behind the bar and ducking because they felt someone was going to shoot.”
After the footage ended, the trouble then spilt outside the venue where a man was slashed across the face2 with a weapon. The Birmingham Mail contacted Prisma for a comment but the owner said he is ‘not allowed to comment’.
Officers were called to the Bristol Street venue at around 6am on Sunday after a fight broke out at Prisma and then escalated onto the street. Police couldn t confirm if the wounds to the 26-year-old’s face had been caused by a knife or another weapon. A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: It is believed a fight broke out at the club on Bristol Street at around 6am and a 26-year-old man received slash wounds to his face.
“He was taken to hospital and later discharged.
Investigations remain on-going and anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, quoting crime number 20BW/21909L/18 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Funds to be announced along with plans to revise Le Touquet accord on asylum seekers
The extra cash will go towards fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais2 and other ports, possibly including Dunkirk . It will also be used to help relocate migrants from the port towns to other parts of France. To be announced as part of the Anglo-French summit at Sandhurst military academy on Thursday, the money brings total British funding for security and policing in Calais since the Jungle camp was bulldozed in 2016 to more than 150m . The measures have included building a 1km-long concrete wall designed to prevent migrants and refugees getting close to the roads used by trucks approaching the port.
As well as pressing for an increased contribution to such costs, the French government has been urging the UK to set up a joint operation to process asylum seeker claims in Calais. The proposal could form part of a new treaty effectively an updated Le Touquet agreement, under which British border checks are carried out in France . There are around 1,000 refugees in Calais, including at least 70 unaccompanied children, and a joint processing system could provide a legal route to Britain for some of them. A government spokesperson said: This is about investing in and enhancing the security of the UK border . Just as we invest in our borders around the rest of the UK, it is only right that we constantly monitor whether there is more we can be doing at the UK border controls in France and Belgium to ensure they are as secure as possible.
The announcement will form part of a package of measures to be announced by May and Emmanuel Macron to reinforce the close relationship the countries will continue to have after Brexit. The pair will have lunch together, before travelling to Sandhurst, where the French president will be greeted with a guard of honour . They will hold a bilateral meeting, then attend an evening reception at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
May said the summit would underline that we remain committed to defending our people and upholding our values as liberal democracies in the face of any threat, whether at home or abroad . Macron had been seeking an overhaul of the Touquet accord, saying France could no longer be Britain s coastguard without concessions from the UK to help ease the migration crisis.
Signed at a 2003 summit, the bilateral Le Touquet accord provides for juxtaposed border controls at French and British seaports, essentially moving the French border to Dover, and the UK border to Calais. French feeling has been rising against the accord for some years because it leaves France to cope with the thousands of migrants and refugees trying to reach Britain who remain stuck, in squalid conditions, on the north French coast.
As a bilateral agreement the accord is not directly affected by Brexit . But politicians, including President Emmanuel Macron, have called for its renegotiation . If the English want to take back their freedom, they must take back their border, was how Xavier Bertrand, the leader of the Hauts-de-France region, put it.
The UK says it has provided more than 120m to France since 2015 to help pay for security and other costs in and around Calais, including detection technology, a command and control centre, extra manpower and a 5m (15ft) fence along the motorway leading to the port.
Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/X00234
Under the new, legally binding treaty, Britain will agree to accelerate procedures for accepting legitimate asylum seekers currently blocked in Calais3, including unaccompanied children and those seeking to join their families in the UK, and will pay more for transport, security and border maintanence in the port.
Elys e officials said drawing up a new treaty to address important weaknesses in the Touquet agreement was quicker than revising the existing document . The new deal would also open discussions on possible British financial support for the Calais region , they said.
We have to send the signal that the border at Calais is not open or porous, the Elys e said, echoing Macron s message during a trip to the Channel port5 on Tuesday. Officials said France was anxious not to prejudice Brexit negotiations6 on any future relationship between the UK and the EU, but was determined that Anglo-French ties must not be weakened .
The pair are expected to issue a 15-page communique, setting out plans for enhanced cooperation on defence, intelligence and shared futures , the latter including cultural projects, such as the loan of the Bayeux tapestry7 to the UK, and boosting French teaching in British schools. As examples of military cooperation, the British government signalled that it would send three Chinook transport helicopters to Mali to provide logistical backing for French counter-terrorism operations there; while France agreed to contribute to the Nato-led forward presence in Estonia, where British troops are already based. The UK will also allocate 50m of extra aid, including humanitarian support, to African countries, including Mali, Niger, Chad, North Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, as part of what the government said was a joint effort to tackle issues in source countries and routes for migrants to Europe8.
- ^ France (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ Calais (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ Calais (viewer.gutools.co.uk)
- ^ After Calais: what has happened to the refugee children? (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ trip to the Channel port (viewer.gutools.co.uk)
- ^ not to prejudice Brexit negotiations (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ loan of the Bayeux tapestry (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ Europe (www.theguardian.com)