Appeal over Greenwich railway robbery

By Simon Hayes on September 30, 2011 11:49 AM |

BTPGreenwich1.jpgA teenager was forced onto the tracks after he was robbed by a gang at Greenwich railway station.

The 17-year-old victim from Plumstead took the dangerous action after four men attacked him and stole his mobile phone while he was waiting for a train.

The incident took place at around 6.30pm on July 30, but British Transport Police have yet to make any arrests and are calling on the public to help with their enquiries. They have released CCTV footage of the attack and want help identifying the four suspects.

BTPGreenwich2.jpgThe BTP's DC Gary Bellinger said: "Completely unprovoked, one of the men suddenly launched a punch at the boy while another member of the group leant in and grabbed his BlackBerry mobile phone.

"The rest of the group continued their attack and in a bid to escape the boy was forced to jump onto the rail tracks. He then ran to the opposite platform and out of the station, where he called police."

Detectives have made extensive enquiries into the incident, viewed hours of CCTV from the station and the surrounding area and have spoken to passengers, but so far to no avail.

DC Bellinger added: "I cannot over-emphasise how serious this incident was, and simply for a mobile phone. Attacks like this are rare on the rail network, and we will do all we can to fully investigate and track down those responsible. If you know any of the men pictured please call us."

Anyone with any information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B13/LSA of 28/09/2011.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.