Woman who suffered violent robbery in Bromley alleyway warns others to be careful
PUBLISHED: 14:45 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 05 September 2017
So far there have been no arrests
The victim of a violent robbery is warning others to remain vigilant as she recovers from an attack.
On Thursday last week, the woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, had returned to Bromley South from London after staying late to have dinner after work.
On her return she began to take her normal route home via a 360ft alleyway between Ravensbourne Road and Ridley Road.
“I use the alleyway every day, and I’ve walked up it late at night and never felt afraid for my safety,” she told us.
But at 9.30pm she was attacked, pushed to the ground and robbed of her handbag, which contained keys to her house and car as well as her purse.
The 37-year-old believes she may have fallen unconscious, as she has little memory of the attack or the time before her ambulance arrived, during which two boys in a neighbouring house heard her screams and brought her inside.
By then, the mugger had already made off toward Church House Gardens.
The victim, who had to spend a night in hospital, told us: “I’ve been signed off work for two weeks because of it, I’m still trying to recover from what happened, I basically had my head kicked in.
“The police were amazing, they brought at a helicopter and sniffer dogs, but I just want to warn people.
“I’ve never felt unsafe in that alleyway and I’ve been using it for the last three years or so, I’ve even walked up it later at night and had no problems.
“People use it throughout the day, but they need to be careful, I’d really like to thank the family that took me in, the ambulance crew and staff at the Princess Royal for taking care of me after me too.”
“If anyone saw anything I’d ask them to contact the police.”
By 9.40pm, officers had been called to the scene.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “officers attended and found a 37-year-old woman with head injuries.
“She was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital and has since been discharged.
“Officers have established that the woman was pushed to the ground before being assaulted by the suspect who stole her bag.
“Enquiries continue. There have been no arrests.”