Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham riots: Boy in court over helicopter shooting

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court in connection with an incident in which shots were fired at a police helicopter and officers in the Birmingham riots.

The boy was arrested on Wednesday and charged with violent disorder, rioting and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He was also charged over a fire at the Barton Arms pub in Newtown on 9 August.

The boy, who cannot be named, appeared before Birmingham magistrates and was remanded in custody.

He did not enter a plea and will next appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 20 October.

All four charges relate to an incident outside the pub just before midnight on 9 August when shots were fired at police officers as they tried to deal with disorder in the city centre.

To date, five people have been charged in connection with the pub incident and five other people have been bailed pending further investigations.

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