Man in court over toddler carjacking in Birmingham

Cedric Brown Cedric Brown has been charged with kidnap, robbery, aggravated burglary and other offences

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A man has appeared in court charged with kidnap after a vehicle with two toddlers in was taken in Birmingham.

Cedric Brown, 44, of no fixed address, faces two counts of kidnap and charges of robbery and possession of a knife.

A one-year-old boy and his sister, two, were unhurt in the incident on Tuesday.

Mr Brown was also charged with two offences related to a burglary near Bristol. Birmingham magistrates remanded him in custody to appear at the city's crown court next Tuesday.

West Midlands Police allege Mr Brown forced a woman out of her car in Erdington and drove off with her two children in the backseat.

Two Birmingham men arrested nearby - a 19-year-old from Perry Common and an 18-year-old from Bromford - have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Birmingham magistrates also put separate charges to Mr Brown which were brought by Avon and Somerset Police.

The hearing was told these related to a burglary at a farm house near Bristol in 2010 and Mr Brown was charged with wounding with intent and aggravated burglary.

Mr Brown spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth and that he was of no fixed address.

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