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British Transport Police launch appeal after gang of phone thieves target schoolchildren on Bromley train

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 April 2018

British Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTP

British Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTP

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Officers are appealing for information following a series of robberies and attempted robberies on board a train service travelling between Herne Hill and Bromley South.

British Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTPBritish Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTP

The four separate incidents happened on 12 March between the hours of 3.19pm and 4.10pm.

A group of four males targeted a schoolboy, who had boarded the service at Herne Hill.

The group sat around the victim and proceeded to threaten him with violence.

Fearing he was in danger of attack, the victim handed over his mobile phone, unlocking it for them when they demanded that he do that for them as well. The phone was stolen and the victim got off the train at Penge East.

British Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTPBritish Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTP

The group remained on the service and moved into a carriage that was relatively empty.

Once there, they pinned a second schoolboy in the corner and punched him in his jaw and ribs, causing reddening and bruising, before stealing his mobile phone – again demanding he unlock the device before handing it to them.

The group left the service at Petts Wood station. The train continued to Orpington where it reversed and made its way back towards to London.

The same group reboarded the train at Petts Wood and again approached a small group of schoolboys and demanded two of the group hand over their mobile phone.

British Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTPBritish Transport Police detectives are looking to speak to these men in relation to a spree of robberies on a train between Herne Hill and Bromley South last month. Photo: BTP

The victims told them they did not have a phone, and the group were deterred when revenue staff got on the train.

The group ran off the service at Bromley South and then left the station by barging through the station’s ticket gates.

They were last seen running off towards Ravensbourne Road in Bromley.

Officers are now releasing images of the people they wish to speak to in connection with the incident as they believe they may have information that could help with the investigation.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting 303 of 100418.

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