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Armed robber threatened to kill three-year-old girl in spate of ‘terrifying’ Bromley robberies

PUBLISHED: 09:35 19 September 2017

All three robberies have been linked to Church House Gardens in Bromley town centre. Picture: Jack Thornton

All three robberies have been linked to Church House Gardens in Bromley town centre. Picture: Jack Thornton

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The robberies took place throughout August

An armed robber who pointed a knife at a toddler and threatened to kill her is thought to be the same man who left a woman covered in blood and bruises after attacking her in an alleyway last month.

Police are appealing for information after three “terrifying” robberies hit Bromley town centre in just over two weeks.

The first robbery came on August 16 when, at around 10.30pm, three 17-year-old girls were approached by a man in Church House Gardens who asked for the time.

All three teenagers tried to ignore him, but he soon followed them to Grassmill Lane, where he threatened the girls with a knife and robbed them of their mobile phones and cash.

He then ran off towards Shortlands train station.

Ten days later, on August 26, a woman in her 30s was walking with her three-year-old daughter in Church House Gardens near Bromley Parish Church.

It was here the suspect approached the mother and threatened to kill her daughter with a knife if she didn’t hand over her phone, which she did.

The final robbery came on August 31, when a 37-year-old woman was pushed from behind in an alleyway off Ravensbourne Road at around 9.40pm.

The victim of the final robbery came forward to the Bromley Times to warn others after she was left covered in blood and bruises from the assault.

It is thought the suspect ran to Church House Gardens with his victim’s bag.

Met Police all three incidents are linked and now wish to identify a black male suspect thought to be in his 20s.

He is described as having a slim build, short hair and is around 6ft tall.

DC Chris Day from Bromley borough said: “These were terrifying robberies where the suspect targeted woman, even threatening a child. We need to trace the person responsible, and would urge anyone with information about these incidents or a potential suspect to get in touch with us.”

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

If you have any information that can assist police with their enquiries, call Bromley CID on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or Tweet via @MetCC.

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