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Three arrested over men's deaths

Detectives investigating the deaths of three men who were hit by a car while protecting shops from looters have arrested two youths and a man on suspicion of murder.

West Midlands Police said the suspects - aged 16, 17 and 26 and all from Birmingham - had been detained by officers investigating the deaths of three men in the Winson Green area of the city.

A spokeswoman for the force also confirmed that a 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday had been released on bail pending further inquiries.

News of the further arrests was announced after the Chief Constable of the West Midlands praised the father of one of the three victims for appealing for calm in the local community.

Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, suffered fatal injuries when they were stuck by a car which failed to stop shortly after 1am on Wednesday.

After the deaths, it emerged that Haroon's father attempted to revive his son after hearing the car speed away from the scene in Dudley Road, Winson Green.

In an emotional appeal for calm to crowds gathered in Dudley Road, Tariq Jahan urged those involved in disorder to "respect the memories of our sons" by halting the violence which had broken out on previous nights.

West Midlands Police said Wednesday night passed peacefully with no further outbreaks of disorder following Mr Jahan's appeal.

The deaths were described by Prime Minister David Cameron, who visited Birmingham and Wolverhampton on Wednesday, as a "dreadful incident".

Asked what he would say to the men's families, he replied: "They have my deepest condolences. I think everyone in the country is going to be thinking about them and their families and what happened."


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