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CCTV images released after schoolboys robbed on train

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident in January Credit: British Transport Police
Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident in January Credit: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police has released CCTV images after four boys were robbed on their way home from school in January.

Officers are appealing for the public's help in tracing the two men pictured, who they want to speak to about the crime, on January 14.

At 6.45pm four boys who were between 12 and 13 years old, were travelling home from school on the Kidderminster to Dorridge train.

Three men boarded the train at Cradley Heath. Just after the train pulled out of the station, the men approached the children and started verbally abusing them. One of the men threatened the boys and said that he had a knife. At that point, a 13-year-old boy handed over his mobile phone.

The men left the train at Old Hill station and the boys told a train guard what had happened.

Police are treating the incident as a robbery and attempted robbery. Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV footage from the train.

“Who are the two men pictured? I want to speak to them as a matter of urgency about what happened. If you recognise them, or have any other information that could assist, please get in touch.”

“This was an incredibly distressing incident for the three young lads, which left them scared of travelling to and from school.

"Given the reference to a knife, and the young age of the victims, we are treating this very seriously and are doing all we can to catch those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Tim Friend, leading the investigation

Blaze at Cradley Heath factory unit in early hours

The fire on Doulton Road, Cradley Heath this morning Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Fire crews have tackled a blaze at a factory unit in Cradley Heath this morning.

The firefighters arrived on Doulton Road just before 4am, and found a derelict factory unit alight.

They spent an hour putting out the fire, and a third of the building has been damaged.

A third of the building was damaged in the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service