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‘Friar Tuck mugger’ among cases on Crimewatch Roadshow

Updated: 4:34 pm, May 07, 2015

MUGGINGS by a man with a Friar Tuck hairline will be among the highlighted incidents as the Crimewatch Roadshow rolls into the region.

West Midlands Police host the BBC show today (Monday) and tomorrow with dozens of appeals featured along with behind the scenes footage from England’s second largest force.

Elderly women across Allesley were the victims of the muggings by the man, who was described as having the distinctive receding hairline similar to that of the Robin Hood character.

We reported in March how seven pensioners – the oldest being 89 – had had their bags stolen after being shoved from behind.

Two local men in their 30s had been arrested but were later released without charge.

The first reported came on February 7 at the Rectory Lane cemetery while two pensioners were robbed in separate incidents on March 11.

None of the women suffered significant injuries but police described the attacks as despicable and cowardly.

Other features on Crimewatch Roadshow include a look at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service – which will give an insight into the illegal use of firearms – and a look at the force’s drug sniffer dogs.

Head of corporate communications Dan Barton said: “Crimewatch Roadshow offers the viewing public a great chance to not only get involved in finding those who’ve committed crimes across the region, as well as showcasing the great work of our dedicated officers on a daily basis.

“We urge people to get involved and pass on all information that they may have to solve some of these cases. The help offered by the people of the West Midlands is always invaluable and even the tiniest piece of information may well provide the key to put offenders before the courts.”

The shows will be available on BBC iPlayer.

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