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Noel Martin robbery: Police pursue new leads after appeal

Noel Martin
Image caption A robbery at Noel Martin's home featured on BBC One's Crimewatch programme on Thursday

Police investigating an armed robbery at the home of a disabled man say they are following up new leads after a television appeal.

Noel Martin, 52, and his two carers were threatened at gunpoint by three men at his home in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham in February.

Cash and an engagement ring belonging to his dead wife were stolen.

An appeal on the BBC One Crimewatch programme on Thursday featured a reconstruction and nearby CCTV footage.

Carer kidnapped

Det Con Ian Tomlinson, from West Midlands Police, said: "We got quite a number of calls, some of which I found quite interesting and a lot of significance to the investigation."

He said officers would be following up the calls throughout the day.

Mr Martin, who has been paralysed below the neck since a racist attack in Germany in 1996, requires 24-hour care.

On 20 February, one of his carers was kidnapped as she returned home from a shift and was forced to drive back to Mr Martin's house.

The carers were tied up, while he was forced to open a safe.

The three robbers stole about £1,000 in cash, as well as a watch and the engagement ring, before escaping in a silver Honda Civic, which was later found abandoned in Handsworth.

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