Robbers strike on trains

Robbers strike on trains

Robbers strike on trains

First published in Echo News

ROBBERS have been targeting schoolboys on trains after pretending to befriend them.

Detectives have released CCTV images of two people they believe are behind the attacks.

They believe they have carried out at least two robberies on the c2c line between Southend and London Fenchurch Street.

But they are also investigating to see if there could be links to any similar crimes.

Det Con Michael Bute, of British Transport Police, said: “The robberies are of a very similar nature.

“They engage the victims but are not overt or in your face it. They befriend them and then literally demand property, and there’s a threat or an implied threat there.”

The first involved a boy in his teens who was onboard a train at Basildon when he was approached by two men.

One of them put a hand in his pocket to imply that he was armed. They threatened him into handing over his Blackberry phone, before fleeing via Upminster station at about 3pm on October 25. T

Then two boys, aged 15 and 16, were approached at East Tilbury and threatened into handing over £40 cash and some Dr Dre headphones. Police believe there are definite links between the two robberies.

Police suspect the culprits have strong links to the Southend area, and may well live in the town. Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40

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3:37pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Phew! not an Essex Police Offence.

Such a relief these day BT Police have not lost 20% funding.
Phew! not an Essex Police Offence. Such a relief these day BT Police have not lost 20% funding. Brunning999
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3:43pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

watch out for the ones in shell suits and loads of gold medallions and the great big fat ones from Rochdale called Cyril
watch out for the ones in shell suits and loads of gold medallions and the great big fat ones from Rochdale called Cyril Eric Whim
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7:48pm Fri 30 Nov 12

largo1 says...

blame the tories for the rise in crime, it is seriously all their fault!
blame the tories for the rise in crime, it is seriously all their fault! largo1
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1:32am Sat 1 Dec 12

crimsonking says...

Couple of criminal masterminds there. Lets rob people on a train cause they're easy to escape from. And stations never have CCTV these days. These 2 muppets will be in cuffs before Christmas.
Couple of criminal masterminds there. Lets rob people on a train cause they're easy to escape from. And stations never have CCTV these days. These 2 muppets will be in cuffs before Christmas. crimsonking
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8:37am Sat 1 Dec 12

madmax1 says...

This does not make sense. You show a photo to two kids who I assume are around 13. They would be ID'd for cigarettes put it like that.

You say detectives "believe (they) are behind the attacks"

However the first attack involved a "teen" who was approached & robbed by two men ??? So surely it cant be the two boys on bikes ?
This does not make sense. You show a photo to two kids who I assume are around 13. They would be ID'd for cigarettes put it like that. You say detectives "believe (they) are behind the attacks" However the first attack involved a "teen" who was approached & robbed by two men ??? So surely it cant be the two boys on bikes ? madmax1
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