FA CUP hero fury at Birmingham armed raid

Police Officers On Dutysource: Birmingham Mail 
published: 7 June 2014

Armed police hunting a firearms suspect stormed the Birmingham home of a soccer star’s elderly sister as she recovered from a broken back.Frail Hermine Lynch, 66, was so shocked that she needed hospital treatment following the early-morning raid by officers looking for Antoine Peak – who is still at large.

The grandmother is the sister of FA Cup winner Dave Bennett, who was man-of-the-match in Coventry City’s 1987 triumph over Spurs.Bennett said he was making an official complaint to West Midlands Police about the raid on Hermine’s home in Finch Road, Lozells.Officers were hunting for Peak, aged 23 and from Birmingham, in connection with an investigation into the supply of firearms.

But Dave, 54, said: “They messed up and we had to pick up the pieces. Hermine is in a bad way. She could have died – what would have been said then?“I am not going to allow this to be swept under the carpet.”

Hermine, who lives alone, was in a downstairs bed after suffering two broken vertebrae in a fall when officers smashed down the door just after midnight on May 13. Her angry family claimed three doors were damaged in the property, owned by housing group Midland Heart.

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