Christmas Market Terror

Christmas Market traders held at knife point

A gang held terrified stall holders at knife point while they made off with thousands of pounds this weekend.

Traders at Birmingham’s celebrated German Christmas Market watched in horror as three men with knives escaped with thousands of pounds in cash.

The incident happened on Saturday at around 10pm when the traders were beginning to pack up.

They were loading their lorries in a car park under the Suffolk Street Queensway flyover when the trio appeared and demanded they hand over their day’s takings. They then escaped in a car.

Festivities turned sour on Saturday

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said:

“Two men aged 50 and 47 were loading their lorry trailer near to the Mailbox on Suffolk Street at around 10pm on Saturday evening when they were attacked by three men.

“One of the thieves threatened the businessman with a knife and demanded he hand over his takings.

“The men stole a substantial quantity of cash and made off in a vehicle.”

Detectives are appealing for witnesses. Think you might know something? Call the Birmingham crime team on 101.

The Frankfurt Christmas market is Europe’s largest outside of Germany and Austria and runs until December 22nd.