West Midlands Police have launched an investigation after a teenager was hit with a hammer during a violent robbery in a park in Perry Barr.

The 16-year-old is believed to have been approached by a group of up to five masked men in Perry Park off Church Road, Perry Barr between 4.15-4:30pm yesterday (12/05).

He was struck by a hammer and baseball bat as cash and mobile phone were stolen from him. The teen was taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition.

An 18-year-old girl was also punched to the face as she tried to intervene.

Sergeant Dave Bebb, from force CID, said: “This was a nasty attack which has left a boy with very serious injuries.

“Officers are actively seeking to identify those involved and I would urge anyone who can assist with our enquiries to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime quoting crime reference 20BW/112906K/19.