29/05/2015

Witness Appeal Following Serious Assault In Birmingham

Police have appealed for witnesses to a serious assault in Birmingham in which a man's arm was nearly severed.

Police said that the incident occurred on the evening of Tuesday 26 May at a property on Rilstone Road.

It is understood that a 24-year-old man was attacked outside the property by a group of men at around 18:15. Police said he was beaten with bats and struck with a machete.

Officers investigating are keen to hear from anyone in the area at the time who saw what happened and can offer a description of either the men involved or the vehicles they were travelling in.

Detective Sergeant Reg Collett said: "This was a ferocious and violent attack and the man is lucky not to have been fatally injured. He remains at hospital receiving treatment for his wounds.

"We believe this to be a targeted rather than random attack and we have carried out house to house and CCTV inquiries in the area.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed the assault or saw any vehicles driving at speed in the area around the time of the attack to contact me - all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(MH)

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