A number of police officers in the UK have been assaulted after a large brawl broke out at a cinema in Birmingham.

Officers were called to reports of people with machetes at Star City, in the Nechells area of the city, shortly after 5.30pm today.

They found a group of more than 100 people there, and said "pockets of fighting" had broken out.

West Midlands Police confirmed that several arrests had been made.

One eyewitness said that "a young boy was crying on the floor with his mother" as a number of young people started fighting.

Rachael Allison told the PA news agency: "The police told everyone to leave the cinema as they held Taser guns in their hands and started to bring in guard dogs.

"I spoke to a policeman who told me it is unclear whether the kids had weapons and also stated when kids fight they bring their group of friends."

Another eyewitness described it as "one of the scariest moments of [her] life", as she queued to watch the new Frozen film with her daughter.

Chloeigh McGuire said: "Armed police come, Tasers come, all of the people that were fighting ran off into the cinema, hiding. I am shaking."