Four teenagers have been arrested following a pursuit in Northfield in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 13th July), after a woman in her 60s was the victim of a carjacking in Balsall Heath during the previous night.

The woman’s car was stolen as she waited at traffic lights in Belgrave Middleway in the early hours of Wednesday morning (12th July)

Police patrol officers spotted a group of youths driving around the Northfield area in a VW Golf at around 1am this morning.

The officers tried to pull over the car, the driver refused to stop and was pursued into Central Avenue in the Turves Green area.

Four teens left the car and ran off. Officers on overnight patrols spotted a group of male youths at around 1am driving around the Northfield area in a VW Golf.

The car refused to stop and was pursued into Central Avenue, Turves Green, where the teenagers ditched the car and ran off. Following a pursuit – involving officers from both West Midlands and West Mercia Police forces and air support – three lads were arrested in Longbridge Lane by officers chasing on foot.

A fourth teen was tracked and detained by a police dog and handler in gardens behind the Cooperative store in Turves Green.

All four youths – two aged 15 and two 16 – have been arrested on suspicion of car-jacking.

Detective Sergeant Phil Poole – who is leading West Midlands Police’s investigation into a series of car robberies in Birmingham – said: “This was a brilliant piece of police work that’s led to the arrest of youths we suspect of being involved in car-jackings.

“An officer spotted the youths in the Golf and was immediately suspicious; it turned out their hunch was spot-on as the car was stolen and being driven on false plates.

“We got police back-up to the scene quickly and contained the area. Three were arrested very quickly and a police dog tracked to a fourth suspect who was lying low in a garden.

“We have made close on 30 arrests now in relation to car robberies in south Birmingham over the past few months. Many of these are teenage boys – but age is no excuse and we will push for strong court sentences on anyone committing these types of offences.”

All four suspects are in police custody and will be questioned today. Anyone with any information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org 

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