Police hunt ‘dangerous offender’ who allegedly slashed woman with meat cleaver

Police are looking for an alleged "dangerous offender" who is accused of slashing a woman with a meat cleaver after dragging her out of a car.

Cleon Smith, 42, is wanted in connection with the "vicious domestic assault" on a 42-year-old woman in Handsworth, Birmingham, on Monday night, according to West Midlands Police.

The woman was repeatedly struck with the blade, suffering cuts to her head and a wound to one of her hands.

A 21-year-old woman who was also in the car suffered a cut to one of her hands, said police.

Smith allegedly attacked the 42-year-old woman just three days earlier, breaking her cheekbone when he punched her around 20 times and hit her with a baton, the force added.

Officers have searched at least 10 addresses across Birmingham, but so far have been unable to locate Smith.


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Police have now issued a public appeal, asking people to tell them where he is.

A spokesperson said: "West Midlands Police has issued an urgent appeal for help to trace a man wanted over a vicious domestic assault in which a woman was attacked with a meat cleaver.

"Cleon Smith is sought in connection with the attack in Church Vale, Handsworth, on the evening of 30 December.

"It’s understood Smith dragged a 42-year-old woman from her car and repeatedly struck her with a cleaver. The victim suffered cuts to her head and another wound to her hand, while a 21-year-old woman also in the car suffered a cut hand.

"Smith is also suspected of fracturing the same woman’s cheekbone at an address in Moseley three days earlier after punching her around 20 times and striking her with a baton. 

"West Midlands Police officers have executed warrants at 10 separate addresses across Birmingham on the hunt for Smith, aged 42, but he remains at large.

"Now the force has issued an appeal for information on the whereabouts of Smith."

Superintendent Nick Walton added: “Smith is a dangerous offender who we want to speak to about two violent assaults on a woman where weapons were used.

“We need to get this man in custody as soon as possible and I’d urge anyone who’s seen him or has information that could help our enquiries to get in touch. 

“We don’t need people’s names and information can be passed to us in confidence; we just want information to help us trace Smith.

People with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at WMP Online or by calling 101.

Or they can speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Calls cannot be traced.

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