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Armed men clash outside nursery shortly before cars collide

By Jordan Reynolds | Smethwick | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Armed men clashed outside a nursery shortly before the cars they were in crashed on a nearby road.

A police search team on Lightwoods Hill in Bearwood on Friday evening. Photo: SnapperSK

At least one of the men involved in the incident in Bearwood is believed to have had a gun.

The drama started when armed men were seen in two cars outside ABC Day Nursery in Wigorn Road at around 1.15pm on Friday.

The men were involved in a confrontation next to the nursery shortly before two cars crashed on nearby Lightwoods Hill and then drove off.

Witnesses said it appeared that the drivers of the cars had been deliberately trying to hit each other.

Armed men clashed outside ABC Day Nursery in Bearwood. Photo: SnapperSK
Police at the scene on Lightwoods Hill where the cars crashed. Photo: SnapperSK

A resident who lives on Wighorn Road said: "I was putting my bins out when I saw two cars, one was dark and the other was light.

"One of them got out of the car and kicked the other vehicle, it was right outside the nursery which is open today, I can’t stop thinking about what would have happened if any of the children were outside.

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"The cars then drove up and down the road, swerving like they were trying to hit each other.

Officers from the Operational Support Unit arrive to search the area. Photo: SnapperSK
Plain-clothed and uniformed officers were at the scene in Bearwood. Photo: SnapperSK

"I shouted to them to watch out for other cars, I didn’t really know what was happening, but they then drove off together.

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"I was really shook up afterwards, it’s not something that usually happens on our road."

Wigorn Road and Lightwoods Hill were both cordoned off in the aftermath of the incident and a cone was placed on the road outside the nursery, which caters for children aged six weeks to five years.

The cordon on Wigorn Road was lifted at around 6pm but officers from the Operational Support Unit continued to comb Lightwoods Hill into the evening.

No suspects have been arrested.

A cone was put on Wigorn Road next to the nursery, where officers searched for evidence. Photo: SnapperSK
The cordon on Lightwoods Hill. Photo: SnapperSK

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "We were called to reports of men seen in a car with weapons, including a gun, on Wigorn Road, Smethwick at around 1.15pm this afternoon.

"A further incident took place shortly after on Lightwoods Hill where we know two cars were involved in a collision. Both left the scene.

"One is described as a dark vehicle and the other white.

"Investigations are ongoing to determine exactly what has taken place and to try and find those responsible.

"We'd ask anyone who saw anything or has any dash cam footage to get in touch as soon as possible via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101. Please quote log number 2200 of 26 June."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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