A video has emerged of a young man maliciously assaulting a costumed street performer in the city centre of Birmingham.
The incident, which is believed to have taken place over the weekend, was captured on video by an associate of the attacker, who is heard encouraging his friend to commit the violent act.
The two young men, who appear to be in their mid-20s, are heard briefly conspiring to attack a ‘cosplay’ street entertainer before one of them lunges at him from behind, causing the performer to land on a child who was watching him perform. The incident took place in New Street outside the city’s busy Bullring shopping centre.
The performer was dressed in a costume resembling a ‘Yautja’, the chief alien protagonist in the Predator film series. The unknown street artist, who has been entertaining crowds from his plinth since earlier this year, is believed to have escaped serious injury but it is not known if the young child seen in the video was hurt.
The video was originally filmed on a smart phone and posted to a Facebook profile, which is allegedly that of the assailant. It was removed a few hours later after it transpired that it had become public.
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) October 21, 2013
According to the West Midlands Police, they have not yet had a formal complaint about the unprovoked attack. Yet, the video of the incident has already drawn anger from across the globe with individuals calling on the police to charge the attacker under Anti-Social Behaviour and Public Disorder laws.
— Laura Farrow (@islas_mum) October 21, 2013
— Numbers Mike Ward (@TobleroneTyrant) October 21, 2013
— Nathan D’Rozario (@NDizzy23) October 21, 2013
@IAmBirmingham Such a braindead childish act. Filming it & gloating about it is even more braindead and devoid of empathy.
— Aled Weston (@Aledhead) October 21, 2013
VIDEO: BIRMINGHAM STREET PERFORMER ASSAULT:
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Do you know the attacker? Contact West Midlands Police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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