Shock as children robbed at knifepoint
Youngsters threatened near 114 bus route
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