THE FAMILY of a mormon bishop who was attacked by robbers as he opened up his Chelmsley Wood church has issued a plea to find the ‘scumbags’.
Serena Heath-Billingham, sister-in-law of bishop David Charmbury, issued the plea as the 45-year-old father-of-two remains in an induced coma today.
Sharing the police appeal to find his attackers on her Facebook page, Ms Heath-Billingham wrote: “This is my brother-in-law, who was attacked yesterday morning and is now in a coma.
“Please share & help try to find the scumbags that have done this to him.”
Mr Charmbury, who originated from Castle Bromwich, was attacked when his silver Mazda CX5 Sport was stolen while he opened up the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Clopton Crescent at around 9am on Sunday, August 16.
He was found lying in the road near the church with a serious head injury by a passer-by who had heard a ‘loud bang’.
It is believed the man had been dragged down the street as he clung on to the car.
A police manhunt is now underway to find his attackers.
Sergeant Sam Price, from Chelmsley Wood police station, said officers are trying to establish what happened.
She added: “We’ve conducted house to house and identified CCTV cameras in the area which may have captured the robbery.”
The car, which was recovered a short time later on nearby Starling Grove, has been seized and taken to a secure location for a detailed forensic examination.
It is not known how many people were involved or whether this was a targeted attack or an opportunistic thief cashing-in on a running car left with the keys in the ignition.
Anyone with information which may aid Det Sgt Price’s investigation should call her on 101 or pass on information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.