Police officer attacked with sledgehammer

A police officer responding to a report of a raid on a Sandwell cash machine has been attacked with a sledgehammer.

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Appeal for witnesses after sledgehammer attack

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward after a police officer responding to a report of a raid on a Sandwell cash machine was attacked with a sledgehammer.

The attack happened on Sunday night during a botched raid at the Tesco Express store ATM on Hamstead Road.

Police officer attacked with a sledgehammer

The attack happened on Hampstead Road Credit: ITV News Central

A police officer responding to a report of a raid on a Sandwell cash machine has been attacked with a sledgehammer.

The 41-year-old was one of two officers who were first to arrive at the scene and was targeted by one man in a three-strong gang.

The attack happened shortly before midnight last night during a botched raid at the Tesco Express store ATM on Hamstead Road.

As the window of his police car was smashed the officer was struck in the head and arm with the sledgehammer.

The group then fled in what is believed to be a dark coloured, high powered, Audi A6 estate which was using false number plates.

Chief Inspector Havrvi Khatkar, from West Midlands Police, said:

Day in day out our officers put their safety on the line to protect the public from some exceptionally dangerous criminals.

Thankfully in this case the officer escaped major injury, but these were clearly desperate thieves who must be tracked down.

As the gang drove off, the boot of the car was open. People who were in the area at the time may remember this. I’d urge those people to get in touch along with anyone who saw a dark coloured estate in the area before the crime.

The officer, who is from Sandwell and joined the force in 2007, was taken to hospital and discharged following treatment for multiple cuts, bruising and severe swelling to his face and arm.

The store was closed at the time and no one else was injured. All three men were dressed in dark coloured clothing and had their faces covered.

CCTV footage which may have captured the crime on camera has been secured and is currently scrutinised by detectives.

Tools used in the raid and which were left at the scene have been seized by police for detailed forensic examination.

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