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Car robbers threaten boy with axe

A nine-year-old boy has been left terrified after robbers held an axe to his neck and demanded his family hand over their high-performance car, his father said.

Rajinder Auluk, 40, said his son was so badly affected by the attack that he no longer wants to live in the house and fears the men will return to kill him and his family.

Detectives launched a public appeal for help to catch the robbers, who struck at the Auluk family home on Newton Road, Great Barr, West Midlands, at around 8pm on Monday.

They demanded car keys and cash as they threatened Mr Auluk's youngest child in front of him and his wife Baljit, 45, and their teenage son Jay, 16. Mr Auluk, a self-employed property developer, said: "We had just finished eating when my nine-year-old son went into the front room to get ready to watch wrestling on the TV.

"I heard a loud crash at the front door and suddenly an explosion hit me in the face as these men with axes and sledgehammers came piling through the door.

"I said, 'take what you want', but they carried on shouting and held an axe to my youngest's neck. It was true panic. I was angry and frightened, but my main concern was what they were going to do to the little guy, I thought he was going to cut him."

The men tried to get away in both family cars - a high-performance Nissan Pulsar GTR and a Mercedes CLK, but abandoned the Mercedes on the road outside the home.

Police were on the scene within five minutes but despite an extensive search of the area were unable to trace the offenders. Detective Constable Derek Cole, of West Midlands Police, who is leading the inquiry, called on the public to come forward with any information.

"We have got to find the people responsible for this robbery," he said. "This was a truly horrendous ordeal for the family and it's hard to imagine what they went through on Monday night."

Anyone with information should call Force CID in Harborne on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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