UPDATE Mon 12th Aug 8pm. Update from Longbridge police: there have been 2 incidents this afternoon – 1 attempted robbery involving 3 girls, and 1 robbery of an older man on the Lanes at Great Park (behind Gala Bingo). Longbridge PCSO was quickly on the scene and apprehended one man (good job!). 3 other suspects fled the scene. It is possible this is linked to the robbery of the 17 year old man in the same location on Friday. Any info please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

West Midlands Police have issued safety advice following two separate incidents where mobile phones were stolen from individuals in the area on Friday afternoon (9th August).

We were notified by the family of a 10 year old autistic boy that he had been the victim of a robbery in Elmdale Road, Northfield. Just after 5pm, playing outside his home, the lad was approached by a group of older boys, one of them pushing him from his bike and stealing his bag, which contained a mobile phone.

A 13 year old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

We were also informed by the family of a 17 year old young man that, in an earlier incident, he was approached by a group of men while walking through ‘The Lanes’ at Great Park, Rubery. The man sustained a minor head injury after struggling with the men, who pulled his mobile phone out of his hand.

Police are working with Gala Bingo and the victim to check CCTV footage to try and identify possible suspects.

Anyone with information which may aid either investigation should call 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Advice on protection of smart phones:

• If possible keep your phone out of sight in public areas
• Ensure your phone is password / PIN protected
• Don’t leave your phone on tables or other places where someone could easily pick it up
• Don’t let strangers use your phone. If it is an emergency, call the emergency services on their behalf
• Stay alert when using your phone• If your phone is stolen, call your network or 08701 123 123 to get your phone blocked
• Postcode your phone using a UV pen and register it on the national database www.immobilise.com. This means it will be easier to return your phone to you if it is stolen• Investigate mobile phone tracking device options

For further information please visit: http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-reduction/smart-phones/

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