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West Midlands attacker may have struck a second time

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Media captionCCTV footage from a bus shows a man wearing a distinctive blue and white striped t-shirt

An attacker who beat a man in a West Midlands street is thought to have been responsible for a further attack on a woman.

The 69-year-old male victim from Tipton was so badly beaten paramedics thought he had been hit by a car.

Police think his attacker also robbed a 61-year-old woman of her handbag the same morning, Saturday 7 November.

She was punched in the face twice and kicked as she lay on the ground.

The 69-year-old male victim, a widower, was attacked near Greets Green Social Club on Whitehall Road, West Bromwich, at around 05:15 GMT.

'Critically ill'

He found unconscious with head injuries and was critically ill for several days.

Police said he is making a good recovery but is still traumatised.

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The second offence was on Great Bridge Street and took place at some point between 06:10 GMT and 06:30.

After attacking the woman, the man is thought to have got on board a number 74 bus.

CCTV footage from the bus shows a man wearing a distinctive blue and white striped t-shirt with the word 'Fastest' in red writing on the chest.

He was only on the bus for a few seconds before getting off. Police would like to speak to him in connection with the attacks.

Det Sgt Leighton Shingles said: "We've spent the past few weeks following up a number of leads and trawling through many hours of CCTV footage.

"Our enquiries have now thrown up these very clear images of the key suspect who we need to trace as soon as possible.

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