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Fugitive charged with 20 offences after 10 day manhunt

Police had been searching for Lee Martin since the 41-year-old fled when officers went to arrest him last week.

He was initially due to be detained on suspicion of kidnapping, beating and stabbing a woman in Solihull.

But since the incident September 5 the force believes he has stolen a car, committed a burglary and carried out two knife-point carjackings across Birmingham.

Police suspect he also rammed traffic officers to escape and had warned the public he is “possibly armed and very dangerous” and they should call 999 if they see him.

Superintendent Darren Walsh said: “All police forces in the country have been told that Lee Martin is wanted but we strongly suspect that he is still hiding out somewhere in Birmingham.

“In all of the crimes that he is suspected of carrying out, knives have been used meaning Lee Martin is possibly armed and very dangerous. That’s why we’re asking you to dial 999 if you see him.”

Police suspect the 41-year-old stole a black BMW from a woman in Kings Heath Park. The car was found two days later on nearby Branscombe Close.

Meanwhile CCTV from Asda in Barnes Hill shows a man, who the force believes is Martin, stealing a woman’s grey Nissan Qashiqa at lunchtime on Friday. The woman was threatened with a knife and attacked before her car was stolen. The car has since been found and is being examined by forensic specialists.

Barnes hill, Asda

Four hours later, a house was broken into on Stonebrook Way, Harborne.

The householder disturbed the burglar who had a knife and is believed to have been Martin.

Then at 7.45pm on Saturday, a navy blue Corsa was stolen at knifepoint from a woman who had dropped her daughter at university.

The car, which was stolen in Lionel Street in Birmingham city Centre, is yet to be recovered.

Lee Martin, of Trinity Road in Aston, was arrested after a manhunt came to an end in Ladywood just before 6pm on Tuesday, September 14. 

Several marked cars and a large-scale police cordon could be seen at the scene where officers made an arrest amid a media appeal.

The 41-year-old was charged with the following offences:

  • Kidnap
  • Threats to kill
  • Wounding with intent
  • False imprisonment
  • Four counts of robbery
  • Attempted robbery
  • Three counts of assault
  • Aggravated vehicle taking
  • Four counts of possession of a bladed weapon
  • Dangerous driving
  • Two counts of criminal damage
Police cover Lee as paramedics attend to him

He was remanded in custody and was due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning, September 16).

Imprisoned for public protection

IPPs are indefinite terms introduced under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to keep dangerous prisoners who did not warrant life stretches away from the public.

While they were abolished eight years ago, more than 2,000 people continue to serve out their sentence today.

Of that number are many people who have been locked up for years for committing a series of “lesser’, non-violent crimes.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a controversial indeterminate sentence imposed in England and Wales is a breach of human rights.

Three men who had served a sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), argued that the sentence breached their right to liberty as stated under Article 5 of the Convention on Human Rights.  

This right was breached, it was decided, by holding them far beyond their specified tariff without providing them with the means to win parole.

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