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First arrest for rookie cop sees Birmingham robber sentenced

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A rookie officer’s first arrest has resulted in a robber being taken off the streets of Birmingham for 20 months. 
A woman was on a train to Kings Norton at 11.30pm on 5 September 2016 when she was approached by a group of men. One of them, who she described as holding a blowtorch, then threatened her into handing over her mobile phone. 
A few hours later, PC Malik Hussain was coming to the end of his first shift when he heard camera operators in the Transport for West Midlands CCTV control room – who monitor the region’s main public transport hubs – had spotted the suspect at West Bromwich railway station.
The new recruit sprang into action and headed towards the station where he saw Christopher Little, 19, at the nearby bus terminal with a group of friends. A glass hammer, which the victim had thought was a blowtorch, was found on one of them. 
The group were arrested and Little, along with another man, George Day, 20, were later charged with robbery. 
Day, of Hutton Road, Lozells, was subsequently cleared of any involvement but Little, of Oxhill Road, Handsworth, admitted robbing the woman, saying he had then given the hammer to one of his friends. He appeared before Birmingham Crown Court on 2 March, where he was sentenced to 20 months’ detention in a Young Offender’s Institute.
“This sentence has come as a huge relief to the victim, who now feels she can move on and put what happened behind her,” said PC Hussain. 
He added: “To her, the glass hammer looked just looked like a blowtorch and she was understandably left terrified. But knowing Little has been detained for a considerable spell has given her faith in the justice system.
“This was my first arrest as an operational officer and I was determined to bring the offender to justice and give the victim confidence in BTP. 
“The sentence should also serve as a deterrent to other criminals that the courts take a very dim view of anyone who targets vulnerable women late at night and will not hesitate to impose lengthy prison terms.” 

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