Gang members jailed after attacking rival during arrest
Three Birmingham gang members have been jailed after attacking a rival while he was being led to a police car after being arrested.
Officers were at Skipton Road in Edgbaston to arrest the suspect when they noticed a black VW Golf parked outside a tower block.
They arrested the man, but when they led him out to their waiting police car, Samba Faal, Roshane Daley and Amadou Sarr pounced.
The hooded trio, who are members of the 23 Drillas Birmingham street gang, hurled abuse at their rival punching, kicking and hitting him with a traffic cone.
The officers drew their Tasers and hit the alarms on their radios, before the gang fled in the Golf, which had blacked out windows.
Other officers rushed to the scene and spotted the car nearby pulling over and arresting the three.
In the car were a balaclava and face coverings, together with a baseball bat.
Faal, aged 20, of Holmefield Road, Coventry, Daley, 26, of Marsh Close, Erdington, and Sarr, aged 23 of Church Green, Handsworth were each jailed for a year at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday).
They admitted affray following the violence, which happened at around 5.15am on 23 January last year.
Chief Inspector Phil Cape from, Birmingham’s Organised Crime Team, said: “We’re continuing to work relentlessly to disrupt gang activity around the city.
“Clearly the suspect in custody was the intended victim, but these three clearly showed no regard for the officers.
“Great work by the investigation team meant that despite the officers at the scene being unable to identify the attackers because of their hoods, investigators built a case so strong that they had to plead guilty.
“Working with other agencies, we’re getting the message over to young people that this is not an attractive lifestyle and that they will go to prison if they get involved.”