Search

Havering woman, 23, punched in face during violent robbery feared she would be killed

09:45 14 February 2014

The woman, 23, was punched in the face in the violent attack

The woman, 23, was punched in the face in the violent attack

Archant

A 23-year-old woman punched in the face during a violent robbery feared she would never see her family again.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, is struggling to come to terms with the attack on January 30.

She says she felt “cold metal” against her body, which she believes may have been a knife.

The woman, from Havering, said: “I am scared to leave the house. I have taken that route to work for three years and have never been approached.

“I thought I would never see my family again.”

She was approached from behind by two men at 7.45pm in Douglas Road, Goodmayes.

She said one tapped her before demanding she hand over her possessions. She was then struck in the face when she turned around.

“I don’t know what I was thinking,” she said. “I felt my whole face pop and my nose started bleeding.”

The woman was also punched in the ribs before feeling a “sharp” object. She did not see a knife, but her shirt and coat had rips in them and her side was cut.

The men stole her bag and phone before walking towards a car.

Fearing she would be “dragged” inside, the woman, who did not require hospital treatment, ran to work.

She said: “They didn’t have to use that much force. I am only 5ft 1in and I would have handed everything over.

“I would like to ask why they had to do that.”

She described one robber as aged 19-25 with brown eyes. He was wearing a white scarf and dark clothing to cover his face. The second is 18-25, slim and possibly Asian.

Det Supt Ellie O’Connor said: “That level of violence is worrying and quite unusual, particularly in that neighbourhood.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:51
A crowded 8.17am train from Upminster to Fenchurch Street

Furious commuters have taken a stand against proposed train timetable changes that will see their journeys become longer but their chances of getting a seat slashed.

Yesterday, 12:00
Jean Challis, age79 from Elm Park, was named as the Romford Carnival Queen 50 years ago this year.

A pensioner who was given the royal treatment when she was crowned Romford Carnival Queen almost half a century on, has taken a trip down memory lane.

Yesterday, 11:53
Victoria Winterford (front) saw off seven others to win

A Hornchurch dancer has overcome her confidence issues to be crowned Miss Universe Essex in her first pageant appearance.

Yesterday, 07:47
A Greater Anglia train at Ilford train Station.

Services are almost back up to speed for Greater Anglia following cancellations this morning however there are still some disruptions.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

Among the charitable causes the prince hopes to champion are wildlife conservation and justice for injured service personnel.

Although Farage may not have mentioned the fascist pre-conference entertainment, his speech showed he’s very aware of his party’s image.

Leonard Nimoy is currently dominating six of the top trend slots on Twitter. His fans, friends and co-stars should be proud.