Five people have been robbed at gunpoint on a Birmingham city centre canal towpath.
The victims, three men and two women, all in their early twenties, were confronted as they walked along the canal off King Edward Street, near the back of the NIA in the city centre, just before midnight last night (Friday 8 March).
They were approached by two men wearing balaclavas and dark clothing. One carried a black handgun, the other a silver knife.
The two offenders asked for money and stole wallets and mobile phones before running along the towpath and escaping up an alley, possibly onto Scotland Street.
The victims although shaken, were not injured.
Police are asking late night revellers from last night to contact them with any information they may have.
DS Sinead Sweeney, from Birmingham police CID, said: "We are investigating this incident and appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
"The area would have been busy even at midnight last night as the towpath is in the city centre. Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or the two men running off towards Scotland Street should call Birmingham Police CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
"Police enquires are ongoing and officers will be looking at CCTV which covers the area. Extra patrols in the city centre are also in place for the local night-time economy."