A gang of armed thugs rammed an eight-tonne truck into a Smethwick jeweller and injured a heroic police officer.

Police are still hunting the armed gang behind the terrifying raid that took place on Friday 9 March.

The thieves ploughed their white Iveco flat-bed lorry into the front of Jai Jewellers in Cape Hill.

Motorists and onlookers outside the shop watched as the masked gang used the lorry to smash a hole into front of the shop.

They threatened staff, who then hid fearing for their safety.

The men filled gold into bags and managed to escape into a waiting black Audi saloon car.

A footage is captured the moment a brave, lone police officer ran into view to stop the thugs escaping in their getaway vehicle.

He can be seen attacking the windows of the car with a baton – smashing the windscreen and side windows before he is pushed away.

The robbers then launch projectiles at the officer and throw a brick through the windscreen of the police patrol car.

The gang sped away onto Claremont Road, leaving the mangled truck abandoned in the store.

Police later confirmed one officer was treated for minor facial injuries following the raid.

He continues to recover at home.

Superintendent Richard Youds, from Sandwell Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “The behaviour of these men showed that they were prepared to use considerable violence. including attacking a police officer and a parked car.

“Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt and the officer is today recovering at home from his injuries having been treated in hospital.

“We know that there were a large number of people in the area at the time this took place and are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.

“You can contact West Midlands Police on 101, giving crime reference 20SW/54603T/18 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


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