James Charles

YouTuber James Charles 'exposed terror vulnerability'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

A YouTuber's visit to Birmingham which sparked city centre gridlock has exposed the city centre’s vulnerability to a terror attack, it's been claimed.

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James Charles' appearance on Saturday at the Bullring saw 8,000 fans turnout and part of the area brought to a standstill.

It emerged afterwards that the city council wasn't aware of the visit and it would have planned for a major event if it had known in advance.

Speaking at the authority's Audit Committee meeting, Liberal Democrat Paul Tilsley said that, if there had been an emergency, the city would have been left in a "very precarious position".

Labour councillor Lisa Trickett added: "If a YouTuber who is good at make-up can grind our city to a halt then there is a lack of communication between resilience planners."