Shock as chil­dren robbed at knife­point

Young­sters threat­ened near 114 bus route

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

OF­FI­CERS have re­as­sured the pub­lic they are do­ing all they can to iden­tify the at­tack­ers and have urged vic­tims of un­re­ported rob­beries to come for­ward fol­low­ing the shock­ing rob­bery of a group of chil­dren at knife-point in South Ruislip.

Ex­tra pa­trols by Safer Neigh­bour­hoods of­fi­cers have been put in place since the in­ci­dent on Thurs­day Novem­ber 24, in­clud­ing in side streets, al­ley­ways and bus stops where rob­beries have taken place.

Bus routes are also be­ing pa­trolled as Hilling­don Po­lice said two al­le­ga­tions of rob­bery on young peo­ple have taken place on the 114 ser­vice route.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing officer, act­ing po­lice sergeant James Burgess, said: “Hilling­don Po­lice are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing two al­le­ga­tions of rob­bery against young peo­ple in the Ruislip area around the 114 bus route.

“This type of of­fence is not com­mon in Ruislip, and we are aware that this is a cause for con­cern amongst res­i­dents.

“I’d like to take the op­por­tu­nity to re­as­sure you that we are do­ing all we can to iden­tify those in­volved, as well as pre­vent­ing fur­ther of­fences from be­ing com­mit­ted.”

The rob­bery of the group of chil­dren hap­pened be­tween 5.30pm and 6pm and the mum of one of the vic­tims said her 12-yearold son is afraid to leave the house.

A wit­ness ap­peal was launched by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice on Mon­day Novem­ber 28 and no ar­rests have been made.

The 114 bus route runs from Mill Hill Broad­way rail­way sta­tion in Edg­ware, through Har­row to South Ruislip be­fore end­ing at Ruislip Sta­tion.

Officer Burgess added: “I am aware that there may have been other of­fences that have oc­curred but have so far gone un­re­ported.

“I can’t stress how im­por­tant it is for vic­tims to come for­ward and tell us when of­fences like this hap­pen.

“If we don’t have all of the in­for­ma­tion then we will lose op­por­tu­ni­ties to ob­tain CCTV ev­i­dence, lo­cate and in­ter­view wit­nesses, make links with of­fend­ing be­hav­iours, and ul­ti­mately iden­tify sus­pects and bring them to jus­tice. “I know it can be dif­fi­cult for vic­tims, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren, to come for­ward and speak with the po­lice for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, but it is vi­tally im­por­tant that we know the full picture of what is hap­pen­ing.”

Mr Burgess added that pupils can also ap­proach Safer Schools of­fi­cers who have been briefed about the in­ci­dents and can of­fer help any re­as­sur­ance.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to call po­lice on 101 or to call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

PO­LICE AP­PEAL: Act­ing Po­lice Sergeant James Burgess has urged vic­tims to re­port crimes like this shock­ing rob­bery in South Ruislip

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