West Midlands Police are appealing for information on three incidents that happened in West Heath this weekend.

At around 8pm on Saturday 24th January, a man stole cigarettes and beer from the Bottle and Can off licence on The Fordrough. When the shopkeeper followed the man out of the shop and challenged him, the man threatened him with a knife. He then dropped the items and ran off, leaving the shopkeeper unharmed.

The man was wearing a black hoody and blue jeans and is described as white, aged 33, of a large build and around 5ft 5 ins tall.

In a second incident, while police officers attended the initial incident at the shop, another man slashed the tyres on a police car outside. The man is described as black, wearing a grey hooded jacket, black gilet, grey jogging bottoms and black woollen hat.

A third incident took place at around 5pm on Sunday 25th January at neighbouring West News. It was reported that four teenage boys − two white and two mixed race – entered the shop and caused a nuisance. One of the youths stole a bottle of coke and when challenged by staff, the shopkeeper was punched to the head by another boy in the group.

Inquiries into all three, apparently unrelated incidents, are ongoing – officers are carrying out house to house inquiries and checking CCTV from the area.

Anyone with information about any of these offences is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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