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Robber who shattered a woman’s shoulder is jailed for five years

A robber who left his victim with her shoulder shattered in seven places has been jailed for five years after one of our police dogs tracked down stolen possessions to a garden in Sutton Coldfield.

Darren Randall, aged 34, began badgering the 63-year-old woman as she walked along Mere Green Road in Mere Green at 10.40pm on 22 November last year.

Darren Randall
Darren Randall

After telling her she was "brave" to be walking in the area with two bags, Randall offered to accompany her home.

He followed her into Belwell Lane where he grabbed one of her bags with such force she was pulled to the ground. 

She suffered a fractured shoulder and injuries to her face and, as she lay on the ground in agony, Randall snatched the bag and ran off.

A passing motorist kindly stopped to help and officers called to the scene soon found Randall in a nearby front garden. 

A police dog then tracked down the bag, with all her possessions still inside, to another garden a few doors away.

Randall, of Queslett Road, Great Barr, admitted robbery and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday 16 January.

PC Jeff Brooks from CID, said: "This was a particularly nasty robbery which resulted in the woman’s shoulder being badly broken. 

"However due to the quick action of officers we were able to arrest Randall within the hour and recover all the woman’s possessions. 

"We hope this substantial sentence brings some comfort to her and wish her well with her recovery." 

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