West Midlands Police have launched an investigation after a woman was slashed with a knife at a property on Barrows Road in Sparkbrook, just after 3am on Monday (04/02).

The 20-year-old was injured after disturbing a burglar who picked up a knife from inside the house.

Alisha who was attacked, posted a message saying: “I want people to be aware of the incident that I have experienced. In the early hours of Monday morning 4th February 2019 I was attacked in my own home. Someone broke in from the back door. I tried my hardest to stop the burglar from coming into the kitchen, and as I tried to keep him out he was too strong and pushed open the door and grabbed onto the kitchen knife.

“I was slashed in the leg which resulted in leaving me with a 12 inch long wound on my thigh. He then fled the scene. I managed to call police and was safe within a few minutes. I was unable to see his face as he was wearing a mask, fully dressed in black, and his hands were covered. He was about 5ft 10, broad build.

“This happened around the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham. If anyone else has seen any suspicious behaviour or activity please get in contact with the police as soon as possible. I want to prevent this from happening to anyone else. I want people to be aware that things like this to happen! Please ensure knives and any sharp objects are out of sight before you sleep. We need to protect ourselves and our community! Be alert, Be safe!”

Police have been reviewing CCTV and carrying out house to house enquiries and the knife has been recovered for forensic testing.

Enquiries continue and 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. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote crime reference 20BE/29075H/19