A 53-year-old man has been remanded in custody by Birmingham Magistrates today (Tuesday 7th February), charged with rape and sexual assault following a series of late night masked attacks in Selly Oak.

Elvis Sidaway, of Fountain Road, Edgbaston is charged with one count of rape and seven counts of sexual assault in connection with offences committed in Selly Oak, Quinton and Edgbaston between November 2016 and January this year.

Police issued a warning in November last year after several reported incidents where young women, walking alone late at night, were approached by a masked man in the Selly Oak area. In one of these incidents, a woman was forced to perform a sexual act after being threatened with a knife.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Sidaway was remanded in custody by magistrates and will appear at Birmingham Crown Court in March. 

Image by Elliot Brown

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