Police are to stage under-cover patrols in Birmingham's entertainment district in a bid to crack down on street robberies.
Plain clothes officers will be patrolling Broad Street on foot and in unmarked cars late into the evening and early hours of the morning.
The initiative follows a rise in the number of city centre bag snatches, mainly from women.
Officers on the patrols will be searching the streets, canals and alleyways around Birmingham's 'Golden Mile'.
Anyone acting suspiciously will be stopped and searched by detectives as part of an intelligence-gaining exercise.
The patrols will run throughout this month and into the New Year to coincide with high visibility police patrols designed to stamp out alcohol-related disorder.
West Midlands Police sergeant Michael O'Hara, from the Steelhouse Lane robbery team, said robberies in the city centre were down on last year.
He added: "Our plain clothes and high visibility patrols in the entertainment heart of the city centre are designed to reassure the public who are enjoying Christmas parties at this time of year." ..SUPL: