Man threatened with a knife at Gravelly Hill Railway Station in Erdington

An investigation is underway after a man was threatened with a knife at Gravelly Hill Railway Station in Erdington on Friday (04/11).

Detective Constable Tim Friend, from British Transport Police (BTP), is appealing for information after the man, aged 29, was approached just before 6pm by a man who demanded he hand over his mobile phone.

When the he refused, the man swiped at the man’s face with a knife, leaving him with a cut to his cheek.

The man, who was wearing a black tracksuit with a black face covering, left the station empty-handed on a blue and white mountain bike towards Hunton Hill.

DC Friend, said: “Thankfully, the victim was not badly injured but this could have been a different story had the knife cut him  a little higher or lower.

“We take a zero tolerance approach towards knife crime and we are currently doing all we can to identify the suspect, including trawling CCTV and speaking to potential witnesses.

“This happened during peak commuter time and there would have been a number of people using the station who may have information which could help our investigation. I would urge anyone who was there and recalls seeing a man on a blue and white bicycle to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call BTP on 0800 405040 or text 61016 reference 424 of 04/11/16.

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