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Police step up canal safety measures as dad with daughter robbed at gunpoint


Police are targeting a stretch of Tyseley canal after a father was held up at gunpoint for his bike and another cyclist attacked with a spanner.

The dad-of-two was fishing along the towpath, near the Ackers Centre in Small Heath on Sunday, September 19 with his daughter when a gang approached him and pointed a gun at him.

He was told they would shoot him if he followed them as they took away his mountain bike.

READ MORE: Terror as dad held up at gunpoint in front of daughter during fishing trip on Tyseley Canal

On September 4, a cyclist was confronted by a hammer-wielding thug who took away his bike.

Locals and users of the canal towpath have taken to social media to report other incidences.

Yardley Police have taken to Twitter to report increased patrols along the stretch and a senior officer from the team said they were taking other measures to tackle crime.

Sgt Alan Davis from the Yardley Neighbourhood team said: “The canal towpaths are on our priority patrol plans so we regularly have officers and PCSOs walking that stretch for high visibility reassurance.

“We have also organised wider operations, including a police drone and officers from other units, to monitor the location and lookout for suspects or suspicious activity.

“My officers are working with the Canal and River Trust to address the issue of crime and anti-social behaviour and have requested that bushes are cut back in certain parts in order to make it more visible.”

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