Police have issued a warning after thieves stole a woman’s jewellery from her person whilst pretending to ask for directions to the hospital.
It's part of an emerging trend victims are distracted, usually by several people, who use excuses to engage them in conversation.
The woman was stopped on Portobello Road in West Bromwich around 3.15pm on Tuesday 8 March by two women in a blue Ford Focus.
As she gave directions, the two women got out and thanked her, putting necklaces and bracelet around her neck and wrists and hugging her.
But what the victim didn't notice was that they simultaneously unclasped her own necklace and bracelet without her knowledge.
Four men have been charged with kidnap after an incident involving a woman and three children in Shropshire.
Police say it happened outside of Griffin Courtyard on Leg Street in Oswestry at around 4pm.
Two men received minor injuries during the incident, although the woman and children were said to be unharmed.
Zahoor Hussain, Muserat Khan, Mohammed Anser Khan and Ateek Khan, who are all from West Bromwich, are due to appear before magistrates in Telford tomorrow.
Det Insp Jason Everett said:
I would like to thank the public for their help so far and I would like to reassure the community that this is an isolated incident. Enquiries are still ongoing but I would encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident to please contact us on 101.
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Police are trying to trace a man from West Bromwich wanted for fifteen outstanding domestic violence offences.
Derlip Kumar has breached a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim on multiple occasions.
36-year-old Kumar was staying at an address in Nicholls Street in West Bromwich but has not been seen since 2 February.
He has links to Sandwell, Dudley, Birmingham and Solihull and is described as Asian, 6ft 3ins tall, athletic build with short dark hair.
Anyone who knows of Kumar’s whereabouts should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The M5 Northbound and M6 Southbound have re-opened after a "police incident" forced the closure of both carriageways near West Bromwich.
The M5 Northbound and M6 Southbound are closed near West Bromwich because of a "police incident".
- The M5 Northbound is closed at the link road to the M6 South carriageway. There is congestion back to J1 A41 / A4252 (West Bromwich / Birmingham)
- The M6 Southbound is blocked on the M5 Link Road at J8 M5. There is congestion to J10 A454 / B4464 (Wolverhampton / Walsall)
Police have made an arrest as they investigate the incident that saw West Brom's Chris Brunt hit by a coin.
The midfielder appeared to be struck as he approached his own club's fans following Albion's 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday.