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Boy's eyes gouged in Birmingham bus attack

CCTV image of suspect in Birmingham bus attack
Image caption The suspect was caught on CCTV as he travelled to Gravelly Hill

Police hunting a teenager who gouged a 15-year-old boy's eyes in a mugging on a Birmingham bus have released a CCTV image of the suspected attacker.

The suspect was captured on camera as he assaulted the boy on a bus heading from the city centre to Erdington.

The victim's mobile phone was stolen, along with cash. He did not require hospital treatment, police said.

The suspect is also wanted in connection with a string of knifepoint robberies in the Gravelly Hill area.

In one case CCTV cameras captured him taking another teenager to a cash machine and forcing him to hand over £150, officers said.

Two days after the first bus attack on 9 September, the suspect is also believed to have mugged a 17-year-old at knifepoint as he travelled on the same bus at about 23:00 BST.

The attacker again got off at Gravelly Hill, West Midlands Police said.

Det Con Richard Noyes said crime was down on the region's buses, and police were keen to quickly identify the teenager captured on CCTV.

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