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  • 21 January 2014, 4:03

'Sickening' Footage Of Birmingham Street Robbery

Police have released footage of what they have described as a "sickening" unprovoked violent attack on a man who was knocked unconscious and repeatedly kicked in the head by two thieves.

The victim who has been left with permanent scarring to his body, was ambushed by the "thugs" as he made his way home from a night out at a birthday celebration in Birmingham.

CCTV obtained by West Midlands Police of the attack shows the men picked their target by throwing a plate at the 51-year-old's arm as he walked along Bordesley Green Road.

The footage shows the victim turn around as the plate strikes him and shatters at his feet.

He confronts the man that has thrown the plate and continues walking up the road when suddenly a second man appears and punches the victim in the head, immediately knocking him to the gutter unconscious.

What follows is "absolutely horrendous", police said, as the first offender begins to rifle through the victim's coat and trouser pockets, helping himself to a watch and mobile phone.

While this is going on, the man who threw the punch saunters back over to the pair and can be seen stamping on the victim's head and slapping him across the face, back and forth, a few times.

He then kicks the victim in the head twice, stamps on it again two times and appears to slap his face again before both attackers run out of view of the CCTV camera.

A motorist slowly drives by before pulling up with his window wound down. He appears to be confronted from a distance by one of the robbers.

A second car pulls up near where the victim is lying unconscious in the road, his legs partly on the pavement, as the two perpetrators stroll away. A concerned passer-by then stops to call the emergency services.

More than a dozen other witnesses can be seen in the video and the victim has encouraged them to speak to detectives.

Speaking anonymously, he said: "I urge you to come forward and furnish the police with information which could assist and lead to the conviction and imprisonment of these perpetrators and cowards.

"This community will not tolerate or accept crimes such as the one inflicted on myself and people should be safeguarded from these thugs.

"On the advice of others, I have chosen not to view the CCTV, but I want such cowardly perpetrators to know the psychological damage you inflict on innocent people can be irreparable."

And in a direct message to the offenders, he said: "The community abhors your crimes and looks forward to you being caught, convicted and removed from our streets."

The victim suffered extensive cuts to his face and head and more cuts and bruising to his body. He is also having to also deal with the psychological impact of the assault.

Chief Inspector Dawn Miskella, from Birmingham CID, said: "The footage speaks for itself ? it was an absolutely horrendous, unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was making his way home from a night out, leaving him with long-lasting injuries.

"I would appeal directly to those people who drove past the scene as the robbery was taking place to please come forward and speak to us. You may not have realised what was going on at the time, but your information could be vital in helping us find the people responsible."

The attack happened outside the Bordesley Green surgery on Bordesley Green Road, at the junctions with Pikewater Road and Whitehall Road, at around 1.10am on Sunday, December 15.

Anyone with information can contact Birmingham Police CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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