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Armed robbery near tram stops in West Bromwich

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British Transport Police are today appealing for information after an armed robbery in West Bromwich.
 
The incident happened between 1pm and 1.20pm on Tuesday 19 November on a path between West Bromwich Central and Dartmouth Street tram stops.
 
The victim, a man, was surrounded by up to six suspects and robbed of items.
 
During the robbery he was hit over the head with a handgun. A knife and a machete were also seen.
 
The victim was taken to hospital with concussion and facial injuries. He was released later the same day.
 
Two other victims, also men, were robbed during two additional incidents in the area within the same time frame. They are being treated as linked.
 
In both, threats were made but no weapons were seen.
 
In total, two mobile phones, a bank card and a video game were stolen.
 
BTP Detective Sergeant Shanie Erwin said: “These offences are being taken very seriously.
 
"We have dedicated increased patrols to the area and tasked officers from our Major, Serious and Organised Crime unit to investigate.
 
“Currently, they are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, but request the public get in touch with any information that can aid their investigation."
 
Anyone who witnessed the offences or who knows the identity of those involved are asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.
 
In both cases, quote reference number 1900099970.
 
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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