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Moped-riding thieves rob 58-year-old woman in Seven Kings

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 03 September 2018

Police were called to reports of a robbery on Water Lane on Saturday, Septermber 1 2018. Photo: Google

Police were called to reports of a robbery on Water Lane on Saturday, Septermber 1 2018. Photo: Google

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Moped-riding thugs tore a gold necklace worth an estimated £800 from a 58-year-old woman as she returned to her Goodmayes home.

The woman, who asked not to be named, was descended upon as she walked along Water Lane, in Seven Kings, by two men riding pillion on a scooter at around 5pm on Saturday, September 1.

She said: “Suddenly somebody comes and bear hugs me from both sides.

“Initially, I thought it was some friend playing a prank on me.

“But then I noticed one of the hands had a glove on it. And then a helmet came around - I could see the visor.”

“I just started screaming ‘Help! Help! Help!’”

She added: “I was so shocked. It happened in broad daylight.”

She spoke of how the suspect on the rear of the bike, whose helmet she described as light blue, put a hand down her blouse in an attempt to snatch the necklace.

The mugger eventually succeeded in ripping off her chain, after struggling for a few moments, and then threw her to the ground, the woman claims.

The altercation left her with a swollen knee - meaning that she needs crutches to walk - as well as scratches and bruises around her neck and arms, she added.

“I would love to have [the necklace] back,” she said.

“It’s the only thing I got from my grandmother when she died.”

The woman is now warning other women of Asian heritage against wearing such gold necklaces - known as a mangal suthra - in public.

This incident comes after police were called to reports of two separate moped enabled robberies within minutes of each other in Coventry Road and neighbouring Granville Road, in Ilford, on June 18 this year.

The two victims were both mums aged in their 30s and 20s.

A Metropolitan police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report of a robbery taking place in the street at Water Lane, Seven Kings at 5.08pm on September 1. Officers attended.”

She added that no arrests have been made an investigations continue.

Call East Area Command Unit with information on 101 quoting reference 5366/3Sept.

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