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Police hunt after 78-year-old pinned to floor and robbed

78-year-old Joyce Bennett was hurt during the robbery Credit: West Midlands Police

Detectives are appealing for information after a 78 year-old woman was pinned to the floor and robbed in her home in Halesowen.

A group of three men, believed to be in their 20s and with local accents, barged their way into Joyce Bennett's home.

One of them, wearing a glove, held his hand over her mouth while the others went through the house taking cash, a handbag and purses.

Joyce was taken to hospital with a fractured arm after the robbery, which happened between 9pm and 9.25pm last Wednesday (6 April).

"My mum is a really lovely lady, who is well’s heartbreaking that this has happened to her.

"She was hurt and made to feel frightened in her own home by the heartless actions of these men.

"It has hit all the family really hard and I would ask anyone who has any information to contact police. Just think if was your own mother or grandmother who suffered such a traumatic experience."

– Helen Neville, Joyce's daughter


68-year-old missing from Halesowen

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a woman missing from Halesowen.

Jacqueline Bache was staying with a relative in Huntingtree Road last night but is believed to have left the house at around 5am this morning and has not been seen since.

The 68-year-old has recently been diagnosed with early onset dementia and has some short term memory loss.

She is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, slim build, short brown hair and has a local accent.


Photos released of robbers who targeted Halesowen shop

Police are looking for the three men Credit: West Midlands Police

CCTV images have been released following an armed robbery at a Halesowen supermarket.

The robbery took place between 3.50am and 4.05am on September 17.

Three men threatened staff at Asda in The Cornbow Centre with a knife and demanded to be taken to the cash office.

Once inside the offenders asked the woman to open the safe and then stole a considerable amount of money.

CCTV footage has been trawled and forensic experts visited the store for clues.

They escaped the scene in a distinctive blue Ford Focus. Police are keen to trace these men and the car – thought to have false number plates - as soon as possible.

They escaped in a blue Ford Focus Credit: West Midlands Police

The suspects - two described as black and one described Asian are all around 5ft 8ins tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Caroline Morris, on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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