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Teens and students targeted by armed hatchback robbery gang

An armed robbery gang travelling in a hatchback are wanted after a series of incidents involving teenagers and students in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police officers are hunting a group of teenagers and young men aged between 15 and 21 who have been carrying out robberies in the south of the city in recent weeks.

The gang were said to be in either a small dark or silver hatchback car and were targeting teens and students in the Rubery, Selly Oak and Kings Norton areas, robbing them of belongings including phones and money.

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The robbers were said to have been armed with weapons in several of the incidents. A number of offences have happened in the last few weeks, the force said, mostly around weekends and in the afternoon or early evening.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police : “We are investigating a series of robberies around the Rubery, Selly Oak and Kings Norton areas of Birmingham.

“We believe a group of teenagers and men, aged between 15 and 21 have been in either a small dark or silver coloured hatchback car and are targeting teenagers and students for personal items, such as phones and money.

“There have been a number of offences over the last few weeks, and most of the offences have been happening between Friday – Monday during the afternoon to early evening.”

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The statement continued: “It has been reported that on occasions, they have been armed with weapons, but fortunately no-one has been injured. We believe they are using them to threaten and intimidate people.

“Violence is a priority for us and so far we have identified a number potential suspects and we are working to arrest them.

“Being victim of a robbery is a frightening experience. We understand that even if you’re not physically hurt if can be extremely distressing to be threatened with violence.

“Victim support can offer support to anyone who needs it, they can be contacted on 0808 1689 111.”

The police spokesperson added: “Our local neighbourhood team are actively patrolling the areas and are working closely with the investigation team to ensure the safety of the community.

“We would urge the community to remain vigilant, consider their surroundings and report any suspicious activity or any information that may assist the case. This can be submitted via Live Chat on our website or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“The point of contacts are DS 9728 Nigel Box or DS 0727 Marc Petford. Crime reference 20/1695499/21 refers.”

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