21st Mar, 2019

Two 13-year-olds charged over spate of knifepoint robberies in Solihull

Editorial Correspondent 17th Apr, 2018 Updated: 18th Apr, 2018

TWO 13-year-olds have been charged over a spate of knifepoint robberies that took place in Solihull over the Easter period.

The pair are accused of committing eight robberies occurring from March 24 to April 6 and are part of a wider rise in crime in parks and public places.

A St Alphege police spokesperson said: “Two teenagers have been charged for a number of robberies which took place in Tudor Grange Park.

“Solihull Police were alerted to a total of eight knifepoint robberies that took place over the Easter period.

“A13-year-old boy from Acocks Green was charged with eight counts of robbery and three counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

“The 13-year-old’s accomplice, a 13-year-old from Kings Heath has also been charged with eight robberies.

“Both teenagers appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday (16 April) and were bailed with strict conditions to re-appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on the 30 April.”

We reported an 23 per cent rise in crime last year in Solihull.

Latest figures show levels of violent incidents in a public place have risen by 30 per cent.

St Alphege has been identified as an area with a particular prevalence of robberies of this nature with 16 different cases in the last three months – twice as many as any other ward.

A report says West Midlands Police and partners are using ‘Hot Grids’ to target locations that experience this kind of violence – such as parks.

Councillor Ken Hawkins said in November:“The police have made a lot of arrests and they are taking action, trying to increase visible patrols.

“It is about making people feel safe.”

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