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Man arrested over shocking bag snatch on woman (93)

A man wanted over a shocking bag snatch in which a pensioner was dragged to the ground has been arrested after West Midlands Police traced him to an address in Smethwick this morning (3 Feb).

Officers moved in at the property in Rawlings Road at 10am where they arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.

He’s being questioned about the attack on a 93-year-old woman in Bromford Gardens, Edgbaston, on 24 January in which a man pulled the pensioner to the floor before making off with her handbag.

West Midlands Police released CCTV footage of the robbery – which prompted widespread condemnation from the public – and helped officers identify a potential suspect.

And Sergeant Pete Sandhu from the Edgbaston Neighbourhood Team, thanked the public for their support.

West Midlands Police has thanked the public for their help in identifying the suspect
West Midlands Police has thanked the public for their help in identifying the suspect

He said: “People were understandably disgusted at what they saw in the video: a frail lady, using a walking stick, was attacked from behind and had her handbag torn from her grip. 

“It’s a violent, callous offence on a vulnerable lady. Thankfully she wasn’t seriously hurt but the longer term impact of incidents like this – such as damaging the victim’s confidence and reassurance – can be very significant.

“A member of the public contacted us with the name of a likely suspect and, using other police intelligence, it led us to an address in Smethwick today where a man was detained.”

Information from the public is vital in the fight against crime; West Midlands Police takes community intelligence very seriously and will act swiftly on information provided.

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