Blue tent outside Library of Birmingham amid ‘serious incident’

A blue police tent has appeared outside the Library of Birmingham as West Midlands Police[1] investigate a 'serious incident' in Birmingham city centre[2]. Parts of Centenary Square, where the library is located, have been sealed off since 5pm today, May 19.

The scene was reportedly flooded with officers around that time, while an ambulance was parked nearby at a tram stop. The exact nature of the incident is unknown but eye witnesses have seen officers investigating.

They have told BirminghamLive officers were searching bushes nearby. The incident unfolded before the busy period began on nearby Broad Street[3] this evening, which is often filled with revellers on a Friday night.

Westside BID Manager Mike Olley said one of his wardens was involved in providing medical assistance during today's incident. He said: "This is a regrettable incident. One of our wardens was there to give support within the vicinity of the library.

"He was the first on the scene and gave medical attention. Upon the arrival of the paramedics, he was told of another incident nearby and went to assist."

Later this evening, a blue tent was pitched up in front of the library. Matt Loyd, who was passing by, said: "The cordon stretches from Baskerville House to the little amphitheatre.

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"There are three police officers stationed at the cordon and two police vans parked down the side of Baskerville House. Nobody is hanging about, people are just glancing as they pass by. It is very quiet and unusual for the start of the weekend."


  1. ^ West Midlands Police (
  2. ^ Birmingham city centre (
  3. ^ Broad Street (
  4. ^ Centenary Square sealed off - live updates as police investigate 'serious incident' (