Birmingham & Black Country

Armed robbers flee with orange juice in Handsworth

Two robbers with a firearm fled from a shop in Birmingham on Monday after snatching a carrier bag containing orange juice and a pack of cigarettes.

A shop worker was allegedly pistol-whipped as he locked up the Nine Wines Store, but fought off the attackers with a shop sign.

Armed officers responded after being flagged down by the 29-year-old victim in Handsworth at around 23:50 GMT.

A 26-year-old suspect was arrested at gunpoint near the Nineveh Road shop.

He was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

A suspected firearm was also seized.

The victim was taken to hospital but was discharged a short time later after being treated for a minor head injury.

Police have cordoned off the scene for forensic examination.

DC Phil Langstone, of the force CID in Harborne, said: "The victim was very brave in his attempt to fight off the attackers and the fact that armed officers just happened to be passing at that particular moment was a case of being in the right place at the right time."

Police are hunting a second suspect and have appealed for information.

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