Train robberies spark police hunt

THIS is the picture of one of two men police are searching in connection with robberies of terrified train passengers.

Two teenage boys were forced to hand over their mobile phones by two men onboard the London Overground service from Barking to Gospel Oak on November 7 at around 6.10pm.

The British Transport Police (BTP) have now released CCTV stills of two men who are wanted for questioning in relation to the incidents.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Graeme Knox said: “The first incident saw a 14-year-old boy approached by two men, who started to talk to him.

“They demanded the victim hand over his mobile phone and, fearing for his safety, the victim obliged.”

The thugs approached another passenger, a 15-year-old boy and told him to hand over his phone.

Afraid of an attack, the boy did what he was told before the men left the train at Wanstead Park station.

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The BTP is treating the two robberies as separate incidents but it is thought they were carried out by the same people.

DC Knox said: “Fortunately both victims were unharmed but understandably they were left very distressed and shaken by what happened.”

He urged anyone who may have seen the incidents or who recognises the men to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B9/LNA of 14/12/2010. Information can also be passed, anonymously, to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.