West Midlands Police have arrested a man over a series of machete raids at Greggs Bakery shops across Birmingham.

A 40-year-old man was arrested this morning (August 8th) by offices at an address in Sparkbrook on suspicion of robbery

The man, who’s not been named, is being questioned in connection with five attacks during the months of February and July at the popular high street food giant. The terrifying incidents took place at five separate locations, including Weoley Castle and Druids Heath.

Detective Constable Laura Halpin from Force CID in Stechford, said: “We’ve linked at least five robberies at Greggs shops where an offender has struck at opening time and threatened staff with a machete wrapped in a plastic bag before making off with cash.

“No-one was hurt but clearly these were traumatic incidents for the staff who were faced with an armed man and threatened with violence.

“Our enquiries led us to the home address of our suspect in Sparkbrook and officers moved in at around 8am to make an arrest. A machete has also been recovered as part of our enquiries.”

The Greggs shops targeted are:

• Fox & Goose Shopping Centre, Ward End, on 28 February
• Weoley Castle Road on March 21
• Alcester Road, Druids Heath on 11 April
• Olton Boulevard East, Acocks Green on 23 May
• Kingsbury Road, Erdington on 4 July

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 – Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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