Press release from West Midlands Police:

POLICE in South Birmingham have today released CCTV images of two of people they would like to talk to in connection with a robbery on the number 18 bus.

The incident occurred at around 6.50pm, Friday 1 April, as the bus travelled along Church Road, Northfield towards Cotteridge.

A 68-year-old female was sat on the lower deck of the bus when she was approached by two black males who snatched her handbag. The two offenders got off the bus at the next stop near to the junction of Maas Road and ran off in the direction of Church Hill Road.

The woman sustained a minor shoulder injury during the incident and was left understandably shaken.

The stolen handbag was later recovered by a member of the public in St. Laurence Cemetery, Church Hill Road, missing money and a mobile phone.

The first offender is described as a black male, 16 years old, around 5 ft 8 tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a black coloured woolly hat, black and grey coloured hooded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with white stripe.

The second offender is also described as a black male, aged 16 years old, around 5 ft 8 tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a black coloured hooded jacket with white logo on chest, black coloured baseball cap and black coloured tracksuit bottoms.

The two men got onto the bus at the stop directly outside the main entrance to Northfield Shopping Centre.

DC Dave Pugh from Bournville police station said: “This robbery happened in broad daylight, leaving a vulnerable woman both shaken and upset.

“It was a fairly busy time of the day and we believe that other people around at the time of the incident may have seen these two offenders in the local area.

“We have already had a number of witnesses come forward and I would encourage anyone else with any information to please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Operation Serve and Protect is currently underway which is a force wide focus on reducing robbery offences.

There is much people can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of robbery. Visit www.safer-streets.org for safety advice.

POLICE in South Birmingham have today released CCTV images of two of people they would like to talk to in connection with a robbery on the number 18 bus.

The incident occurred at around 6.50pm, Friday 1 April, as the bus travelled along Church Road, Northfield towards Cotteridge.

A 68-year-old female was sat on the lower deck of the bus when she was approached by two black males who snatched her handbag. The two offenders got off the bus at the next stop near to the junction of Marrs Road and ran off in the direction of Church Hill Road.

The woman sustained a minor shoulder injury during the incident and was left understandably shaken.

The stolen handbag was later recovered by a member of the public in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Church Hill Road, missing money and a mobile phone.

The first offender is described as a black male, 16 years old, around 5 ft 8 tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a black coloured woolly hat, black and grey coloured hooded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with white stripe.

The second offender is also described as a black male, aged 16 years old, around 5 ft 8 tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a black coloured hooded jacket with white logo on chest, black coloured baseball cap and black coloured tracksuit bottoms.

The two men got onto the bus at the stop directly outside the main entrance to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre.

DC Dave Pugh from Bournville police station said: “This robbery happened in broad daylight, leaving a vulnerable woman both shaken and upset.

“It was a fairly busy time of the day and we believe that other people around at the time of the incident may have seen these two offenders in the local area.

“We have already had a number of witnesses come forward and I would encourage anyone else with any information to please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Operation Serve and Protect is currently underway which is a force wide focus on reducing robbery offences.

There is much people can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of robbery. Visit www.safer-streets.org for safety advice.

Anybody who recognises the people in the pictures, or who may have any information is asked to contact DC Dave Pugh at Bournville police station on 0345 113 5000. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111

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