TWO robbers beat up a lady during two terrifying raids on hairdressers in Oldbury within twenty minutes.

Offenders first struck at Suzanne's Hair Fashions, Basons Lane just before 4.30pm on last Tuesday.

Two black men in their twenties walked into the store and demanded cash but fled empty handed when challenged by staff.

At around 4.50pm police believe the same pair struck again at Divas Hair and Beauty, Newbury Lane.

This time the thugs escaped with cash and hit a 54-year-old customer before stealing her purse. The customer was left bruised and shaken by the ordeal.

Detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department are now investigating the robberies and are appealing to anyone who may have seen the thieves to contact them.

Detective Constable Ryan Matthews said: "Both robberies happened at a very busy time of the day and we are hoping that someone saw the men and can help us identify them.

"The pair are described as black and in their twenties. One man is believed to be over 6ft tall and of a large build. He was wearing a black jacket and bottoms. The other man was slim, around 5ft 8 and again was dressed in black.

"Fortunately no-one was seriously hurt but this must have been a terrifying ordeal for all those involved.

"I urge anyone who may have any information that could help our inquiry to call me on 101.

"You can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."