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Two arrested after armed robbery at Black Country shop

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to hold-up a Black Country convenience store with a sawn-off shotgun.

We received a 999 call from the shop in Silver Court, Brownhills, at 7.15pm last night (24 March) reporting two men bursting in and demanded takings.

The shopkeeper bravely tackled the men and they fled empty handed.

Enquiries led us to identify a flat in Brownhills High Street where it’s believed the offenders ran to – and just after 9pm our armed police raided the address and arrested two suspects.

A search of the property led us to recover a firearm similar to the one used in the attempted robbery, plus an improvised ‘slam gun’ loaded with a shotgun cartridge.

The weapons have been seized for forensic analysis.

Men aged 21 and 23 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and firearms offences; they remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Jackie Nicholson, said: “We’ve recovered two firearms, including one homemade gun. These are significant seizures and were undoubtedly designed to be used to commit serious offences.

“Inquiries at the scene helped us identify an address of interest which was quickly contained before officers moved in to make arrests.

“We understood the offenders may have pulled a firearm on a member of the public shortly before the robbery. 

“We’re appealing for witnesses. If anyone saw two men in the area shortly before the incident or them running from the scene we’d like to hear from them.”

Anyone with information is asked to message us on Live Chat via or website and quote crime ref 20WS/76045F/20.

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