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Witnesses sought after man stabbed by robbers in West Bromwich

Thursday 3 July 2014

A man is recovering in hospital with a collapsed lung after he was stabbed during a robbery in West Bromwich overnight by a couple who jumped on him from behind some trees.
 
The 30-year-old was walking along Meadow Avenue and Charlemont Road when the man and woman appeared, stabbed him in the side of his chest and stole his wallet.
 
Officers flooded the area in the minutes after the attack, with dog handlers and the police helicopter assisting in the search for the two suspects.
 
However, no arrests have yet been made and now detectives are appealing for anyone who saw the robbery, or knows who the offenders may be, to come forward.
 
The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, of skinny build and around 6ft tall with stubble. He had a local accent and wore a dark baseball cap, a dark top, jeans and white trainers.
 
The woman was also white, aged between 20 and 30, of skinny build and around 4ft 10ins tall with messy blonde hair. She wore a light coloured top.
 
Detective Sergeant Sam Jones, from Sandwell CID, said: “This was an innocent man who was going about his business and the two thieves thought nothing of stabbing him in the chest. 
 
“Officers are speaking to witnesses today and trawling CCTV footage, as well as following up other lines of enquiry.
 
“It’s vital we find these people as soon as possible as they clearly pose a real danger, so I want to hear from anyone who recognises the descriptions to get in touch with my team.
 
“We believe the two suspects were in the Stone Cross and Beaconview Road areas of West Bromwich at around midnight − just before the robbery happened.
 
“If you saw these people or know who they are, again I would urge you to get in touch."
 
No other robberies have been reported in the area and neighbourhood police patrols have been stepped up to reassure the community.
 
Anyone who can help police is urged to call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.