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Appeal after woman injured in attempted robbery

Detectives have issued a photo of a man they would like to speak to in relation to an attempted robbery in Westminster where a woman suffered serious facial injuries.

At about 02:00hrs on 10 October 2021, the victim was in Bruton Street, W1J, with his wife and two friends waiting for a taxi after a night out when they were approached by three unknown men.

The men attempted to grab the victim’s watch from his wrist, but he resisted and a struggle ensued. The victim’s wife told the suspects to ‘get off her husband,’ before she was punched in the face.

The suspects then ran off and fled the scene, empty handed, in a car.

The female victim suffered serious facial injuries, which have required continuous treatment.

Officers have now released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Constable Mike Hargreaves, the investigating officer from the Central West area, said: “This was a horrific incident, which left a woman with serious facial injuries as she tried to protect her husband. 

"I would urge the man in the CCTV, or anyone who recognises him, to contact us, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.”

A 38-year-old man [A] was arrested on 27 November 2021 on suspicion of attempted robbery. He was subsequently released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A 40-year-old man [B] was interviewed under caution in relation to the incident on Sunday, 27 March.

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or has information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting reference CAD 840/10Oct21. 

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.