Police 'determined' to arrest Billal Hussein after string of pro-Palestine stunts at branches of McDonald's where mice were let loose

Thursday 02 November 2023

Police say they are determined to arrest a suspect wanted in connection with pro-Palestine protests where mice were let loose in branches of McDonald's in Birmingham.

Billal Hussein is being sought after a group of hooded men threw mice towards staff at branches of the fast food chain in Small Heath and Star City.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "We want to speak with Billal Hussain over these incidents in Birmingham during the last few days.

Police are searching for Bilal Hussein in connection to a string of pro-Palestine stunts at branches of McDonald's (image credit: West Midlands Police)

"We're asking for anyone with information about the whereabouts of Hussain, 30, to contact us now.

"We've already executed a number of warrants in our determination to arrest Hussain, who is suspected of being involved in the unacceptable and distressing incidents.

"Our position is clear, this is appalling, and will not be tolerated. We will hunt down and prosecute anyone who commits such acts.

"We're stepping up patrols across the region and will be offering reassurance to our communities."

It comes after police arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the incidents, thought to be social-media influencer Amir Khan.

Social media influencer Amir Khan has also been arrested (image credit: West Midlands Police)

Videos posted to social media show one man with a Palestinian flag wrapped around his head carrying a box full of mice into the fast food restaurant in Star City.

The attacks are said to be in connection with pro-Palestinian supporters believing certain large corporations are helping the Israeli cause.

McDonald's is said to have become a target after a branch in Israel reportedly donated food to Israeli soldiers.

In separate incidents a Starbucks in Keighley, Yorkshire had its windows smashed with hammers by a group of masked protestors.

Last month, Starbucks reportedly threatened legal action against employees that expressed solidarity with Palestinians.

The coffee giants also sued its union, Starbucks Workers United, after the labour organisation posted a since-deleted message on X expressing solidarity with Palestinians. 

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