Police seek information after six similar assaults in Lozells
Detectives in Birmingham have appealed for information about a man thought to be responsible for six assaults.
Officers working on Operation Greenpathway said a knife had either been used or seen by the victim during the offences in the Lozells area between June 9 and December 6.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said a lone male had been assaulted with no known motive in each incident, although none of the victims was seriously injured.
Detective Chief Inspector Steven Reed, of Thornhill Road police station, said: "Whilst the injuries caused during these assaults have not been serious so far, we are concerned by the nature and the number of the incidents.
"We know that robbery is not a motive for the crimes, as nothing has been taken by the offender in any of the incidents and we do not believe that the offender is specifically targeting his victims for a reason such as race or any other hate crime.
"No words have been spoken by the offender to any of his victims and the majority of incidents have taken place in hours of darkness, when there have been few people around.
"We have increased patrols in the area and have spoken with local residents and community groups in an effort to gain further information to assist the inquiry, and provide people with knowledge they need to help keep them safe."
The offender is described as black, aged between 18 and 30, of slim build and between 5ft 8ins and 6ft.