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Car-jacker jailed for 10 years after he steals car with toddlers strapped in the back

Cedric Brown Photo: West Midlands Police

One of the country’s most wanted men, who car-jacked a young mother and sped off with her toddlers still strapped in the back, has been jailed for 10 years.

Police flooded Slade Road in Erdington, Birmingham, on April 3 last year, after reports of men trying to kick down the back door of a family home.

Cedric Brown, who was already wanted for a Bristol burglary in 2010, where he had tied up a husband and wife, and slashed them with a knife, was spotted running from the scene.

His getaway car was quickly picked up by police, so he tried to evade capture by car-jacking a Ford Focus in Somerset Road.

The 26-year-old owner of the car was preparing for a nursery run, as Brown dragged her from the car and drove off with her two-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son still in the back.

Replica dagger carried by Brown Credit: ITV News Central

Brown, a career criminal, was armed with a Second World War replica dagger, and was cornered by police in a cul-de-sac, and was overpowered by officers.

Today, he admitted car-jacking robbery and possessing an offensive weapon, at Birmingham Crown Court.

Brown was brandishing a large, army-style knife – there was a violent struggle and the officers acted with incredible bravery to disarm and subdue him until back-up arrived.

It is hard to imagine the horror going through that young mum’s mind when she saw Brown drive off with her two young children. Thankfully, neither of them was hurt and we quickly reunited them with their mother who naturally was extremely relieved.

Officers responded to calls of the attempted burglary within minutes. Brown simply did not have enough time to get away before he was swamped by police and the combined efforts of several officers has culminated with a dangerous man being locked up for many years.

– Detective Chief Inspector, Sarb Johal

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