Autistic man scared of transport after phone stolen at Grove Park station

PUBLISHED: 13:38 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:38 17 October 2013

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft.

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft.


An autistic man, from Bromley, has been left ‘fearful’ of public transport after he was targeted by a phone thief at Grove Park station.

British Transport Police have now released an image of a man wanted in connection with the theft, which took place on August 14 at around 4pm.

The 24-year-old was returning home from a day spent at an activity centre when he fell asleep on the train, which was waiting to leave the Grove Park platform.

A man approached him shortly after and snatched his phone before running away.

Pc Laura Kent said: “Sadly, we believe the victim was specifically targeted because he was vulnerable, and he is now fearful of travelling on trains and public transport as a result of the incident.

“Officers are providing support to the victim, keeping in regular contact with him and his family to ensure he is kept fully updated about the progress of our investigation.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to the call 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016 quoting reference B7/LSA of 17/10/2013. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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