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Police appeal for man wanted in connection with racist assault

If you recognise this man, contact police Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are appealing for help in tracking down the man pictured in the CCTV in connection with a racially aggravated assault.

On 8 December a 63-year old woman was approached by an unknown man at approximately midday as she walked down City Road in Edgbaston.

The man shouted abuse before kicking her in the stomach.

A local resident intervened and the man ran off towards Selwyn Road.

If you have any information please contact Detective Constable Sarah McDonnell from force CID on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Cousins jailed for robbing convenience store at knifepoint

Two cousins have been jailed for eight years after robbing a convenience store at knifepoint in Edgbaston.

Dwaine Keane and Lee Keane robbed a convenience at knifepoint. Credit: West Midlands Police

Dwaine Keane, 33, from Quinton threatened staff in the Co-op on Quinton Road West on 11 October with a kitchen knife and demanded they open the till.

His cousin Lee Keane, 40, from Smethwick, brandished a dumbbell weight bar as both men jumped onto the counter and helped themselves to cash.

Staff alerted police as the pair left on foot and were seen heading to Simmons Drive. The brief description ensured the men, who were walking along the road, were identified and arrested within five minutes of the 999 call.

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The cash and the weights bar were found on the men along with a balaclava worn by Lee Keane, but the knife was missing. The area was searched and the six inch blade was located in the street a few yards from where Dwaine Keane was arrested.

Both men pleaded guilty to robbery at Birmingham Crown Court and were sentenced on Thursday 10 December to four years each.

Knife crime has no place in society and shop staff should not have to be confronted with this type of threat and the anxiety it causes.

I’d like to thank each and every member of the public who called the police on that evening to alert us to the incident. We rely on your support to assist our investigations.

– Detective Constable Darran Ford, from the force’s Criminal Investigation Department

Businesses can get free anti-robbery advice at: www.west-midlands.police.uk

Police appeal after Edgbaston stabbing

Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed at a flat in Edgbaston yesterday afternoon.

Officers were called to a flat in Shepherds Gardens around 4.25pm following reports of a man being injured.

The 25-year-old was taken to hospital with serious stab wounds to his stomach and neck, where he remains in a critical condition.

Police Investigations are on-going and officers are carrying out house to house and forensic enquiries at the scene and examining CCTV.

I would appeal for anyone with information to contact police on 101.

– Detective Sergeant Jackie Morrin

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Robbers who targeted cash vans jailed for 35 years

A group who robbed cash van drivers in Birmingham to pay for a lavish lifestyle of designer clothes and parties have been jailed for a combined total of 35 years.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street Credit: West Midlands Police

Emmanuel Koryang, 22, Peter White, 25, and 19-year-old Lance Cotterell attacked five security guards in just over a month last summer, including a pub raid where they doused a customer in spirits and threatened to set him alight.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street, Broad Street's Cine World and the Edgbaston Tap pub.

The men spent their loot as soon as they got it on designer clothes and travelling the country on big nights out. CCTV footage from a club in Newcastle after the Morrisons robbery shows them throwing thousands of pounds around and splashing out on bottles of expensive vodka. It’s clear from the level of violence used in the final robbery that they were prepared to stop at nothing in order to get what they wanted and when faced with anything more than a lone van driver, their brutality escalated."

– Detective Inspector Ben West

The three men denied conspiracy to rob but were found guilty following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Last Friday, Koryang and White were each given twelve year sentences while getaway driver Cotterell was handed an eleven year term.

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