Appeal For Witnesses Following Robbery And Assault In Redditch

Police are looking into whether two incidents are linked following a robbery and an assault that happened within a few minutes of each other on Saturday evening (February 4), in Redditch.

Both incidents happened just outside Woodfield Middle School in Studley Road.

A man in his 20s was assaulted as he and two male friends walked along Studley Road in the direction of Greenlands, at about 10.30pm. As they reached the school a group comprising of two females and four males started throwing snowballs at them and words were exchanged. Some of the group then attacked the victim causing him to hurt his wrist.

The group are all thought to be in their mid to late teens and were wearing dark coloured hooded tops.

A short while after a man in his 20s was robbed just outside the school as he walked along Studley Road with a friend. They were approached by a group of about four or five males who assaulted them both causing them to fall to the ground. One of them was assaulted again while on the floor and his phone was taken out of his hand before the group ran off in the direction of Shakespeare Avenue.

The group were all wearing dark-coloured hooded tops and are thought to be in their late teens. One of the males is described as being about 5ft 10ins tall, with an angular shaped face, clean shaven, and was wearing a black hooded jacket in a shiny material, jeans and dark blue and light coloured trainers.

Detective Constable David Jennings said: “We are eager to speak to anyone who saw either of these incidents or thinks they know who the offenders are.

“The descriptions of the offenders are very similar on each occasion and therefore we are looking into whether the two offences were carried out by the same people.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact DC Jennings at West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident 815-S-040212, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.