West Midlands Police are seeking two teen burglars after a West Heath homeowner was stabbed in the stomach with a screwdriver after he disturbed them breaking into his shed last month.

The incident happened at around 8.15pm on Tuesday November 5th in Willetts Road, just off Turves Green. The 35 year old man challenged the pair in his garden, suffering a perforated stomach when one grabbed a screwdriver and stabbed him. The man, an ambulance technician, had to undergo surgery before spending several days in hospital recovering.

Police believe one of the burglars, who made off with lengths of copper piping, may have been bitten by the householder’s dog as they fled from the garden.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Paul Read said: “It was a completely unnecessary attack as the pair could have ran off and left the man unhurt. He suffered a nasty stomach wound and, though he’s made a full recovery, it could have been much worse. And all this for a few lengths of copper piping worth just a few pounds…it’s senseless.

“The thieves are understood to be in their mid- to late-teens and either white or light-skinned Asian lads. One of them fell over during the scuffle and landed by the dog; we believe he may have been bitten on the calf though it can’t be confirmed − if anyone knows someone around this age who had a bite-type injury last month then I’d urge them to contact me.

“I believe the offenders will be local to the West Heath area so if anyone has information about the burglary, or has overheard anyone talking about the attack, I’d appeal for them to get in touch.”

Both offenders scaled a garden fence following the attack and ran off into Treeside Way.

One is described as a white or light-skinned Asian male, 16-17 years old, skinny build, 5ft 6ins tall; he was wearing a dark beanie hat. His associate was slightly taller and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone with information, or suspects who may have been involved, is urged to call DC Read at Force CID in Harborne on the 101 police number. Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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