West Midlands Police warning over gold thefts

Asian women have been warned to be on their guard after a series of targeted jewellery robberies in the West Midlands.

Four street robberies have taken place in Handsworth, Birmingham and Sandwell since 15 June.

Police said they had been getting reports of similar robberies in the area since April.

The women are thought to have been targeted for their high-value Asian gold.

The latest robbery took place on 30 June.

Police said a 57-year-old woman was walking along Rookery Road, Handsworth, at lunchtime when someone held her shoulders while someone took off her gold necklace and earrings.

Sgt Ifty Ahmed said people should not openly wear high-value items of jewellery when out and about on the streets.

"Since April we have increased police activity in the area using both plain clothed and uniformed officers," he said.

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