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British Transport Police appeal for information after a robbery on a train between Swanley and Bickley

PUBLISHED: 12:35 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:35 28 April 2014

British Transport Police would like to speak to this man in relation to the incident

British Transport Police would like to speak to this man in relation to the incident

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British Transport Police are appealing for information after a teenage boy had his smartphone and wallet stolen on a train between Bickley and Swanley on Saturday.

The teenager had his phone, Oyster card and cash taken during the incident which occurred at around 1pm.

Detective Constable Ostin Elkins, of BTP’s robbery squad, said: “The 14-year-old boy was sat on his own on the train when at 12.45pm a man boarded at Bickley station and sat next to him.

“The man began verbally abusing him and demanded his mobile phone and wallet. He then took hold of an item in his pocket, when the victim looked he saw what he believed was the handle of a knife. The boy handed over his smartphone and wallet and fled the train at Swanley station at 12.55pm.”

Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, including analysing CCTV footage from on the train and at several stations.

DC Elkins added: “This was a very distressing incident for the young boy who was travelling on his own.

“Everyone has the right to use the rail network without the fear of crime and we are doing everything we can to catch the person responsible.”

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

Anyone with any information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B3 of 28/04/2014.

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