Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Recorder

On sale July 3

Rainham phone-snatch victim chased and tackled thief on platform

12:31 05 February 2014

Do you know this man? Picture: British Transport Police

Do you know this man? Picture: British Transport Police

Archant

A Tube-travelling phone snatcher who was tackled by his victim is being sought by transport police.

The would-be thief grabbed a mobile handset from the hands of a 22-year-man from Rainham as the pair travelled on a westbound District Line train on January 23 before attempting to escape at Upney Underground station.

The victim gave chase and a scuffle broke out on the platform, resulting in the victim retrieving his phone.

The man then ran off and forced his way through the ticket barriers at the east London station.

CCTV footage of a man British Transport Police (BTP) would like to speak to following the thwarted theft has been released by detectives this week.

Det Con Jamie Holden, the investigating officer, said: “Theft on the London Underground and rail network is completely unacceptable and is taken extremely seriously by BTP.

“I’d urge anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has any information that could help our investigation, to please get in touch.”

Investigators have carried out several lines of enquiry including examining CCTV footage from the station and surrounding area.

Anyone with information should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference LUA/B5 of 05/02/14 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

BTP is running Operation Magnum, a long-term initiative designed to crack down on the theft of passenger’s property.

As part of that, officers have issued video clips (www.btp.police.uk/theft) to help the travelling public spot 13 of the most common tricks thieves use.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 13:28
Councillor Mark Logan.

A judicial review will be held into Havering Council’s decision to tax severely disabled people.

Yesterday, 12:58
The winning team the Recorder Reprobates at the pub quiz for First Step

Readers have continued to rally around the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign, raising a fantastic £25,556 so far.

Yesterday, 09:09
Missing: Shaheed Forde-Bryan (Picture: Met Police)

The family of a 14-year-old boy missing from Rainham is “growing increasingly concerned” for his welfare.

Yesterday, 08:51
A serco van. Picture: PA Steve Parsons

A Serco prison custody officer attacked inside Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday has died.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

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

Competitions

Y6 pupils unpack the rice

A school challenged their pupils to become enterprising individuals as they took on the national 90kg Rice Challenge.

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder