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Winson Green riot: Memorial to killed men

Artists impression of the memorial
Image caption The bench is engraved: "From the community, for the community"

A memorial to three men who died during last summer's riot in Birmingham is to be unveiled in a park.

Haroon Jahan, 20, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, died last August after being hit by a car in Winson Green.

Eight men were later cleared of murder prompting a protest several days later in Birmingham city centre.

The memorial, made up of three lampposts, will be unveiled in Victoria Park at 15:00 BST.

It was designed by children from St Phillips Catholic Primary School and Victoria Park Primary School in Smethwick, and produced by Infamous Community Arts which was commissioned by Asda's Cape Hill branch, near to where the men died.

'Never forgotten'

Representatives from the police, council, fire brigade and ambulance service, along with members from nearby Holy Trinity Church, Smethwick mosque and Guru Nanak Gurdwara temple, will all also be in attendance, a spokeswoman for Asda said.

Each lamppost is dedicated to the men that died with a memorial bench engraved with the words: "From the community, for the community".

The three were part of a group of about 80 men who had gathered to defend local businesses during riots and looting in the Handsworth area.

Asda Cape Hill store manager, John Perry, said: "The events of last year were devastating to Harron, Shahzad, Abdul, their families and our community.

"We want this memorial to serve in their memory and make sure what happened is never forgotten."

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