Disorder in Erdington as gang wield bats and storm cannabis factoryPosted by On


Police swooped on a cannabis factory housing 150 plants after a masked gang had earlier stormed the property – but not before smashing a car window with bats leaving one man slightly injured.

The drama, which a local resident said was like the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ unfolded around 1130pm last night (May 22) in Hillaries Road, Erdington.

Police said the gang had minutes earlier forced their way into another house in the same road but it’s believed that property had been mistakenly targeted.

They fled empty-handed after they were disturbed.

Police say they are unsure at this stage if the brazen gang swiped any of the plants from the cannabis factory.

A local resident told BirminghamLive: “Honestly it was like something out of Grand Theft Auto.

“I live on Kingsbury Road and people could hear stuff going on around most of Erdington.”

The local woman said she and others had heard a police helicopter followed by an announcement from a loudspeaker in the direction of the Mercedes car dealership on Tyburn Road.


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“It was something like ‘leave this property.’

“There was more than one helicopter and whatever went on it was for a good few hours. Still not sure what exactly happened.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We’re investigating following disorder in Hillaries Road, Erdington, around 11.30pm yesterday (22 May).

“A group of masked men smashed the window of a car with bats, and hit the driver as he tried to escape. He suffered superficial injuries to his head.

“They then stormed into a house which we later discovered to be a cannabis factory with around 150 plants. It is unknown at this stage whether they fled with any plants.

“It’s believed the same men had forced their way into another address in Hillaries Road just minutes earlier but left empty-handed after being disturbed. We currently believe this property had been mistakenly targeted.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact police via Live Chat or by calling 101. Quote 20BE/118315K/20.

Many concerned locals took to social media.

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One posted: “Mercedes Garage just put a loud speaker saying this property has live CCTV please leave the site – then shortly after the helicopter came.”

Another said: “Bit of a brawl near slade road cannabis grow uncovered.”

A third wrote: “I’m just off Tyburn been going for over an hour now…. Scared my poor dog.”

And a fourth simply said: “Nightmare in erdington now.”



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