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‘European teenagers’ commit three knife point robberies in Wanstead in just one evening

PUBLISHED: 11:01 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:01 06 September 2016

Wanstead Flats where the teenagers robbed a victim at knife point and made off with cash. (Picture: PA Images/Stefan Rousseau)

Wanstead Flats where the teenagers robbed a victim at knife point and made off with cash. (Picture: PA Images/Stefan Rousseau)

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Redbridge Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of youths committed three knife point robberies in Wanstead in under four hours.

The gang - described as being teenagers on pedal bikes - struck three times on August 30, drawing more than one knife in each attack.

The first robbery was at 5.30pm, in Spratt Hall Road, when four of the teens attacked an innocent quartet.

After threatening them with a knife, a metal chain was stolen from one.

Another victim, aged 20, fought back and was hit on the head, causing a fractured skull.

He was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service, and has since been discharged.

Three hours later in Wanstead Flats, off Belgrave Road, the gang attacked a lone victim making off with cash.

Finally at 8.45pm five teens attacked three victims in Brading Crescent, Wanstead.

After a struggle the victims escaped without anything being taken.

Investigating officer Det Con Josh Ranghel, from Redbridge CID, said: “This is a serious attack that has injured a vulnerable young innocent member of the public.

“At the moment the only description we have is of four to five youths, male, or dark skinned European appearance.

“We are very keen to hear from any members of the public who could help.”

Could anyone with any information please contact Ilford CID on 0208 345 2669 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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