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Witness may hold vital information after robbery by canal

November 26, 2012, 4:33 pm

Birmingham police are seeking a witness who may hold vital information following a robbery on a canal towpath.

A 25-year-old man was punched in the face and robbed of his mobile phone after four men followed him onto the canal off Fazeley Street in the city centre on Tuesday 13 November at just after 6pm.

The victim accompanied by a witness, followed the men along the canal onto Great Barr Street and then back to Fazeley Street. The witness is described as a black man, around 30-years-old and wearing glasses.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been bailed pending further investigations.

Detective Constable Mike Wright said: “We would like to get in touch with the witness as he may hold vital information which will help us catch the offenders.”

News of the appeal comes at a time when robbery across the whole of Birmingham is falling by 28.4 per cent. Between April 2012 and November there were 1,919 robberies compared to 2,682 offences the year before.

DC Wright can be contacted on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestopperson 0800 555 111.

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