At 1945 hours on Feb. 15 2007
I paid for a bag of groceries at the Tesco supermarket at
Approximately 2 minutes later I left the superstore and started to
walk through the
As I was walking down
One man who I will call Mr A.
crossed the road and came towards me. I remember there was a street light at
this point and I slowed down and allowed him to walk ahead of me. At this point
of time Mr A was wearing a loose hood and he walked down the left pavement (
sidewalk ) and after proceeding a few metres made a sharp left into an alley left
of the office building of
Meanwhile the other man who I
will call Mr B was walking down the right pavement. After passing the alley a
light coloured medium sized car moving down
The only other things of significance I could remember about the car was that it seemed to have a large number of orange display lights on the dashboard and it was an X reg vehicle.
As I arrived at the end of
As I walked down
When I was part way down
At about this time I started to shout out with a loud voice,” LORD, HELP ME!”. Mr A said, “ why are you doing that?”
Mr A inspected my wallet and
there was no notes in it so he threw it on the ground. At that time the two men
left me and walked back up the hill towards the junction of Elvetham and
Also a very short time after
as I looked in the opposite direction I noticed a police car at the junction of
We then drove back up the hill
to the junction of Elvetham and
Shortly thereafter the police driver said to me, “ Hold on, Michael!” We were now driving at very high speed down Wheeley’s Road and then made a sharp right into West Green Close. At the end of this cul de sac the police jumped out and proceeded to climb over a garden fence at the end of the street.
It appeared that one of the suspects the police had locked up in a vehicle but the other had done “a runner” into this area, climbed the fence into the back gardens next to the canal. After a few minutes the police helicopter was circling overhead and police dogs were brought into the area.
Meanwhile I was sitting in the back of the police car watching the proceedings and talking to a police community officer.
Later I discovered that police and their vehicles were located at various locations around the area. I also learned that barbwire was on the garden fence and the police used special gloves which could not penetrate the hands to climb over it! On February 15 the suspect who had done “the runner” and climbed the fence had not been apprehended.
Later I went to my flat and there gave statements to two police officers. This documentation finished about 12 midnight.
On February 16 at approximately 9.00 am I went to have a brief walk around the crime scene. I found the empty plastic bag (which previously contained the £5.00 in change) apparently thrown over a fence into the grounds of the church/ apartment complex about 25 metres up the hill on Charlotte Road from where I had been mugged.
Also on St James and
In the afternoon I went over to Ladywood Police station to try and identify one of the suspects. I was ushered into a room in which were sitting 2 police inspectors and a woman lawyer representing the suspect. I was shown videos of 9 different young black males. At the end of the proceedings I said, “ I can’t make a positive ID! “
In conclusion, at the time of writing I understand the police have one suspect in custody and I believe they know the identity of the other. One man (Mr A) is about 5ft 10in in height and the other about 6ft. Both are black and medium build; ages about 20.
There was one witness who came
forward to the police … the white male driver with the X reg car whom I met on
In the mugging I lost my mobile phone, about £ 5:00 in cash, a black wooley hat and one right- handed black and green leather glove. I am thankful to the LORD in particular that I was not physically hurt and also that the police were literally on the scene just after the incident.
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