POLICE have apologised for failing to attend the scene of a road rage attack involving a machete near a Dudley primary school.

Officers were called just after 9.10am yesterday (Wednesday) to reports of a man using the weapon to hit a car windscreen near Jessons Primary School in School Street.

Footage of the shocking incident has been circulating on social media with many commentators questioning why on earth police did not attend the violent incident.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police today said: "We were told the offender had left the scene and no one was injured, however we appreciate they are understandably shocked and shaken by what has happened.

"Initial enquiries were carried out but officers were not dispatched because we were told the suspects had left the scene.

"We’ve reviewed our actions and unfortunately, in this instance, our response was not appropriate and for that we apologise.

"We visited the victim yesterday evening to take a statement and we have also retrieved mobile phone footage of the attack."

Police have now released images of two men they want to speak to about the attack and they say enquiries have established a grey Mercedes Vito van, believed to have been involved, was on cloned plates.

Officers are also carrying out extra patrols in the area to offer reassurance.

Detective Inspector Adam Tosh, from force CID, said: "This was a shocking incident which took place during the busy school run.

"So we are urging anyone who may have witnessed the attack, or who has dash cam or CCTV footage, to get in touch."

Anyone who recognises the men pictured, or has any information,is urged to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference number 20DY/305719K/20.