West Midlands Police have appealed for information following a raid in Kings Norton where a police car was rammed with a JCB last night.

The gang scaled a fence at the National Construction College in Kings Norton at around 9.45pm on Sunday evening (20 Jan) and used the JCB digger to force open the gates of the Lifford Lane site.

The thieves were spotted in the JCB trying to get away from the scene by a passing patrol car, from West Mercia Police, on nearby Harbinger Road.

The gang rammed the marked police car, damaging both vehicles, before jumping into a Land Rover Defender that had been running in convoy.

Both police officers were uninjured in the collision and raised the alarm immediately. The JCB was left blocking the road with the engine still running.

Detective Inspector Jim Foy, from Birmingham South CID, is investigating the crime. He says it is miraculous that no one was hurt.

“The gang are known to have climbed a fence and then used the digger to smash through gates at the college and use main roads to try and get away in the JCB,” he said.

“When they spotted the police car the thieves then rammed the police vehicle, which could well have caused serious injury.

“Thankfully the West Mercia officers were not hurt, but the combination of the heavy plant vehicle and the weather conditions could well have resulted in a far more serious collision.

“The thieves escaped in a Land Rover Defender that was running in tandem with the stolen JCB and we appeal for anyone in the area who might have seen that type of 4×4, which is fairly uncommon, last night to contact police.”

Anyone with information to assist the police inquiry should call Birmingham South CID, by dialling 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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