Gang film Blue Story pulled from cinemas after 100-strong machete mob stormed Vue screening in Birmingham – The Sun

A VIOLENT gangsta movie made by the BBC has been axed from cinemas after 100 yobs armed with machetes and knives clashed on its opening evening.

Seven cops were hurt as they desperately tried to control brawling scenes for 90 minutes at the screening of Blue Story.



Two machetes and a knife were recovered after armed police swooped just after 5.30pm on Friday night.

And disturbing images have emerged of a baby-faced teenager wearing a Camo jacket and holding what appears to be a large machete.

Footage also shows terrified crowds evacuated as cops arrested at least five people including a 13-year-old girl on suspicion of assaulting police.

Another girl and boy aged just 14 and a 19-year-old were also arrested, while a 14-year-old male was held on suspicion of obstructing police.

The violence broke out before or during a screening of the gang warfare film Blue Story and spilled out into areas where children were queuing to see Frozen 2.

Vue yesterday axed the gansta film — developed and funded by BBC Films — from its 228 cinemas nationwide to protect staff and customers.

In a pre-recorded message to its viewers, the cinema service line said: "We regret that we will no longer be screening the film Blue Story at any of our venues.

"Should you have a booking for this film, please say cancellation when prompted and a member of our team will be with you shortly to assist you with your booking."

A Vue spokesman said: "We can confirm a decision was made to remove the film. "The safety and welfare of our customers and staff is always our first priority."

The movie features two pals caught up in a postcode gang war in South London and contains guns, swords and drugs.

It includes flashy music video-style interludes. London mayor Sadiq Khan banned filming scenes in the capital fearing it could glamorise gang violence.

Showcase Cinemas has also cancelled screenings at its 21 theatres nationwide. Cineworld will continue showing the movie. Odeon said it was reviewing security measures.

Blue Story director Andrew Onwubolu, a rapper and YouTube sensation known as Rapman, posted on Instagram: “It’s truly unfortunate that a small group can ruin things for everybody. Blue Story is a film about love, not violence.

“I hope blame is placed with the individuals and not an indictment of the film itself.”

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