A member of staff at a Frankley newsagents was assaulted during a robbery this morning (Saturday 23rd November).

A man entered Martin’s Newsagents on Arden Road at around 8.20am. He jumped over the counter and threatened and assaulted the staff member.

The offender then ripped the till from the counter and made off in the direction of Cock Hill.

The man is described as:

  • Mixed race
  • Aged mid-twenties
  • Medium build
  • Dark North Face rain coat
  • Blue jeans
  • White trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk (8am – midnight) or to call 101 any time, quoting crime reference number 20BW/276760L/19.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org 


  1. I’ve lost count the amount of times that shop and others around the area have been victims to crime.
    That newsagents has been targeted several times,on frankley.
    Its becoming past a joke,the place is a ticking time bomb.
    It’s full of drugies and scroungers.
    I avoid the place at all costs.
    A very dangerous area even in the daytime,let alone the evening.

  2. I’ve got kids in 20’s they wouldn’t dream of doing anything like what’s going on today …….what is wrong with them all lately … Knife crime. burglary, guns, theft. Robbing ect …… As it always been like this or is it just that we have social media that report things now I don’t know, I lived in west heath all my life but also lived frankley, Northfield and now Longbridge and I don’t recall it been this bad in all my 49 years.

  3. I am surprised some of those businesses in the precinct can afford business insurance given that it appears to be a epicentre for crime!

    But the real concern is the safety for the workers in those stores – they are easy targets, especially Greggs, Ladbrokes and the Post Office. If those stores ever closed it would be devastating for the locals who don’t have the means to travel up the road to Rubery High Street, Longbridge or Northfield.

    I am glad I moved out of the area some 12 months ago: I will miss certain areas, but even one of my favourite walks – Balaam’s Wood – is far from safe these days.


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