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Police charge ‘trespasser’ who ‘smeared blood’ on walls of apartment block


Police have charged a man after a ‘trespasser’ allegedly made threats and smeared blood on the walls of an apartment block in Birmingham city centre.

Residents at Allegro Living in Priory Queensway were left alarmed in the early hours of Thursday morning (September 16) after a man began banging repeatedly on a door in the building.

West Midlands Police has said the man in question also made threats while blood was later found smeared on corridor walls and in one of the building’s elevators.

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Police officers later checked CCTV and arrested a man at around 4.40am from a McDonalds restaurant. A 25-year-old man was later charged with criminal damage and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Thursday, September 23.

In an email sent to residents, seen by BirminghamLive, the management at Allegro Living said the trespasser had been granted access by one of the residents after calling up to various flats on the intercom.

It added security at the apartment block was of ‘paramount importance’ and that extra security had been arranged for at least three nights after the incident.

The email read: “As you may be aware, there was an incident that took place in block one in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“The trespasser had sustained an injury to their right hand, which is where the blood that could be seen on some of the walls has come from.

“We have ensured that all areas were thoroughly cleaned and the walls have been stain blocked.

“I would like to make clear that nobody was attacked, and the blood that could be seen was not resulting from any serious injury.

It continued: “We would like to assure you that security is of paramount importance to us at Allegro and, although we are confident that there is no immediate risk to our residents, we have arranged for extra security to patrol block one for at least the next three nights.

“This is in addition to our night team, who do an excellent job in ensuring the building is safe for you.”

Allegro Living has said it cannot comment further due to the police investigation.

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A spokesperson for West Midlands Police added: “We’ve charged a man with criminal damage following a disturbance at a block of flats on Priory Queensway in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“We received a call from a woman reporting a man banging repeatedly on her door at around 3am, demanding she came out and making threats.

“Blood was later found smeared on corridor walls and in an elevator. It’s suspected the blood was his own.

“Officers checked CCTV and arrested a man at 4.40am from a McDonalds restaurant.

“A 25-year-old man was charged with criminal damage and is due to appear in court.”

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