December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
The British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after a blind man was robbed of his phone and forced onto a train in south London.
Detectives from its Robbery Squad have released images as part of their enquiries into the incident, and another at Mitcham Junction over the summer, of men they want to speak to.
Detective Constable Mark Agrippa is investigating the first incident (image 1), which took place on Monday, July 15.
He said: “The victim, a man in his twenties who is registered blind, was waiting for a tram.
“Around 3.15pm, he looked at his phone to see what time it was when he was approached by a man who snatched the phone out of his hands.
“The man then demanded money from the victim, threatening to punch him if he didn’t comply. The victim feared for his safety, so handed over his money.”
He said the victim was then made to board a train from Mitcham Junction to Mitcham Eastfields, where he was forced off the train by the suspect.
DC Agrippa said police have followed several lines of enquiry already into the incident and have since obtained an image of a man they believe has information key to the investigation.
The second incident took place on Friday, August 16 (images 2 and 2A), and DC Ostin Elkins is investigating.
DC Elkins said: “The victim, a woman in her twenties from Croydon, had got off a train at Mitcham Junction around 9.45pm and walked towards the tram stop.
“She was speaking on her mobile phone at the tram stop when she was approached by a man from behind, who grabbed the phone.
“After a brief struggle, the man took the phone and ran away.”
Officers believe the man in the two images can help them with their enquiries into the incident.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B4/LSA of 13/09/2013 and the image number.