Three teenagers were arrested and charged last week, in relation to a series of street robberies in and around Northfield town centre throughout March.
A 17 year old from Stechford, a 16 year old from Erdington and a 13 year old from Northfield have been charged in relation to several robberies, including:
- Robbing a mobile phone, headphones and jacket from two 19-year-old men in Victoria Common on Monday 27th March.
- 16 year old also charged with possession of a knife that was allegedly brandished during the park attack.
- Stealing a pair of trainers from a youth in Church Road on 9th March
- Attempted robbery of a boy in Kingshurst Road on 15th March – the boy was injured in the incident.
The arrests come after a series of other reported incidents in and around the town centre where teenagers have been threatened and robbed, including:
- On Monday 13th March, 2 teens had trainers and cash stolen outside JD Sports
- On Wednesday 15th, a 14 year old lad and his dad were threatened by thieves who had stolen his bike earlier
- 3 older teens stole 2 bikes from a 13 year old boy in Church Road on Friday 17th March
- Headphones & cash were stolen from two teens (14 and 15 years old) in Church Road on Wednesday 24th March.
Altogether, West Midlands Police are investigating more than ten reports of robberies.
At the Northfield ward forum meeting at West Heath Community Centre on 20th March, Northfield neighbourhood Sgt Lamerton faced questions from concerned parents, worried to let their children into the town centre.
He told residents that investigations by a dedicated team were well underway and being supported by local officers.
These subsequent arrests will provide some reassurance to the local community.
Sgt Toni Holl, from West Midlands Police CID, said: “We understand there have been in excess of 10 robberies in Northfield over the last month and we have stepped up patrols in the area.
“These charges are a significant step forward in our investigations which are still on-going.”
Investigations are ongoing into a number of crimes and anyone with any information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111