West Midlands Police are appealing for information after a young pregnant mum and her 9 month old son were victims of an attempted robbery by masked men in Frankley last night (Wednesday 11th May).

The 18 year old woman was walking on the footpath by the River Rea at Arden Road, behind Balaam Wood School, at around 9.30pm when she was stopped by a group of four men.

The men, all wearing dark clothing and masks, demanded her money and mobile phone.

The woman had nothing on her to hand over so one of the offenders pulled out what is believed to have been knife while the others searched her.

One of the men took the pushchair and walked it away from the woman, running around in circles ande singing nursery rhymes. The pushchair – with the woman’s son still in it – was then knocked over.

The woman and her young son were checked by medics and were thankfully uninjured, but understandably very shaken.

The offenders made off in the direction of the Cock Hill area of Rubery.

It is thought two of the men were black and all were wearing dark clothing and had masks over their faces.

Detective Inspector John Askew, who is investigating what happened, said: “I would urge anyone who knows who may be responsible for this robbery to contact me as soon as possible.

“It was a shocking attack, on a busy road against a heavily pregnant woman and her young child. We need to identify the offenders before they are able to attack again.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Inspector John Askew at Bournville police station on 101 or email contactus@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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