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Digbeth dance studio trashed in vandal attack

2015-08-31 22:25:37

Sticky Dance StudiosDance instructor Ikeela Sealey, who found the vandalism at the Sticky Dance Studio.

Police are investigating after a Digbeth dance studio was vandalised - leaving hundreds of groups without a training venue.

Toilet and sink units were pulled off the walls, mirrors smashed, electric cables ripped out and crude graffiti spray-painted on to the walls at the Sticky Dance Studio in Lower Trinity Street.

Ten dance groups and hundreds of dancers across Birmingham have been left without anywhere to rehearse following the incident.

Dance instructor Ikeela ‘Toffee’ Sealey said she discovered the mess as she arrived for a class on Sunday, August 23.

“I finished my class on Saturday and came back on Sunday to open up for the kids academy at around 11.50am,” she said.

“Everything was trashed and smashed up: it was just a mess.

“They damaged all the walls, all the toilets and sinks have gone, all the partition walls, electrics and mirrors were smashed and the dancefloor was destroyed.”

Dancers and parents vented their anger on Facebook at the loss of what many described as a “second home.”

Angela Lam wrote: “This is not just a building but a home to so many dancers.”

Melisha Hepburn posted: “One of our heart and souls has been destroyed.”

Russell David, of dance group Break Mission, added: “A tragedy has happened in my city and to the dance studio where I teach.”

The studio was formerly based in Lionel Street, near Snow Hill station, and the Custard Factory before establishing itself at nearby Lower Trinity Street three years ago.

British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to a report of a burglary at a dance studio under a railway arch in Digbeth overnight on Saturday, August 22 into Sunday, August 23.

“BTP officers arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of burglary and following further inquiries, two other people were also arrested.

“All three have been bailed pending further inquiries, which are now focusing on establishing what offences may have been committed.”

Sticky Dance StudiosThe vandalism at the dance academy in Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth.

Sticky Dance StudiosThe vandalism at the dance academy in Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth.

Sticky Dance StudiosThe vandalism at the dance academy in Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth.

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