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Mum tells of knife terror

A SHIRLEY mum has spoken of the terrifying moment that she was confronted by a knife-wielding robber, outside her own home.

A SHIRLEY mum has spoken of the terrifying moment that she was confronted by a knife-wielding robber, outside her own home.

Mum-of-one Dawn Cartwright described the “horrendous” ordeal, which happened on Monday evening.

She had just come home from a shopping trip, when the masked man surprised her on her driveway, in Stockley Crescent.

The youth was wearing a hood and scarf around his face and threatened Ms Cartwright with the weapon.

“I felt like I was frozen, it felt like I was stood there for hours, but it couldn’t have been that long,” said the 44-year-old.

“At first I thought it was my brother-in-law who lives down the road and is forever playing tricks on people, but I quickly realised it wasn’t.

“The man was shouting, but his voice was muffled and I couldn’t hear what he was saying. He came forward with a stabbing motion.”

Ms Cartwright realised that he wanted her keys, which she handed over and the robber sped off in her beloved Leon Cupra K1.

At some point during the robbery, though she can’t remember how, her fingers caught on the blade, and were cut.

As the man drove off, Ms Cartwright ran round to her next-door neighbour, who tried to give chase in his own car - but lost the robber.

“Since this happened I’ve been very nervous, I haven’t felt safe in my own home,” she told the paper.

She’s urging drivers to be on their guard now that the dark nights are here and asked anyone who has seen her car to contact police.

The Cupra, worth around £20,000, is black, with a sporty bodykit on, and white writing on the side.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said that they were called at just before 8pm. It’s thought the car might still be in the local area.

Anyone with information should call Force CID on 0345 113 5000.

 

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