Passers-by and an off-duty trainee paramedic helped save a man's life when he went into cardiac arrest after being hit by a car in West Bromwich this evening.
He and another man were both hit at a pedestrian crossing at the corner of High Street and Trinity Road at around 5.30pm. Both roads remain closed.
The man had suffered a serious head injury and had gone into cardiac arrest - but quick-thinking members of the public and the trainee ambulance worker managed to keep his heart going until emergency services arrived.
They managed to re-start his heart and he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with a police escort.
The second pedestrian, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing but had suffered serious fractures to an arm and a leg. He was taken to the same hospital for further treatment.
Sandwell Police have released CCTV images of a man thought to be responsible for an attempted robbery in a West Bromwich pharmacy. The images were captured in Beacon View Chemist on Beacon View Road at just before 10am on Saturday 15 February.
A man wearing women’s tights over his face and armed with a knife demanded sleeping tablets and cash, but the pharmacist fought the would-be robber off with a plastic box and chased him from the store.The robber is described as a heavily built white man, 6 ft 2 ins tall and aged between 20 and 30.
The incident is currently being linked to a robbery at PJ Ingram Pharmacy in West Bromwich High Street on Saturday 25 January shortly after 4.30pm, where a man fitting the same description demanded the same brand of sleeping tablets.
DC Thomas Cunningham-Smith, from Force CID, said: "We are linking these two incidents and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or who has any information which will lead us to identify him."
West Midlands Police have called Jagdev Singh Rai, who murdered his friend for an insurance pay-out, a 'cold-blooded killer'.
Detective Inspector Warren Hines said:
It was a difficult and complex investigation, taking us many months to build up the evidence to identify Rai as a suspect, but as a result of old-fashioned detective work, we quickly built a strong case against him.
The evidence we uncovered, although circumstantial, presented a very compelling case, one that the jury agreed was right.
He denied the murder from day one but I’m glad the jury saw through his lies and that this cold-blooded killer is facing a lengthy period of imprisonment.