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Arrest after Anthony Mathers, 75, confronts Birmingham carjackers

Images of injuries and bruising sustained in the attack Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Anthony Mathers was injured when he confronted the thieves

A teenager handed himself into police after an attack on a 75-year-old man who challenged would-be carjackers.

The 16-year-old responded to an appeal launched after Anthony Mathers was forced from his car by a gang in Acocks Green, Birmingham, on Monday.

When the car stalled as the gang drove off, Mr Mathers took the opportunity to confront the thieves.

He was pushed to the ground but took back the keys. Two more suspects are being sought.

A 17-year-old boy previously arrested was released without charge.

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Mr Mathers was forced to stop his car beneath a bridge on Roberts Road before being threatened.

Three men, who also had a large kitchen knife, forced him to get out of his Ford S-Max before they drove off in it.

After the car stalled "a matter of yards" away on Oxford Road, police said residents came out to help.

The trio, unable to start the vehicle without the key, ran off down Roberts Road.

Investigating officer Tom Lyons said: "Although the arrest is a significant development we are still looking to identify two suspects.

"I would at this point like to appeal directly to the suspects to do the right thing and to come forward."

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