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CCTV appeal following violent robbery in Fulham

Detectives have issued CCTV footage and an image of a man they want to speak to following a violent robbery in Fulham.

At around 12:00hrs on Thursday, 1 September, a man, aged in his 50s, was walking southbound through Bayonne Park when he spotted the suspect approaching several members of the public.

He continued to walk southbound out of the park onto Paynes Walk, where he was struck on the head by the suspect.

The victim, who was attacked near to the table tennis tables, fell to the floor. The suspect slammed the victim’s head against the floor whist ordering the victim to remove his Tag Heuer watch. The victim tried to fight back but the suspect began to punch him and kick him repeatedly in the face.

He felt the suspect remove his watch, possibly damaging the pin in doing so.

The suspect  ran off but returned minutes later to steal the victim’s Motorola mobile phones. He ran off southbound on Paynes Walk.

The victim was taken to hospital with head injuries. This attack resulted in a fractured eye socket, severe bruising and swelling to his face.

Detective Inspector James Griffin, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was an extremely violent attack and my team need the help of the public to detain this man. We have specialist teams dedicated to tackling robbery and this proactive operation will continue across all of our boroughs.

“We are doing all we can to identify the person responsible before he can cause any further harm. We are asking anyone who was approached by this man in the park or who saw anything unusual to contact us immediately.”

The suspect is a black male of an athletic build with short black cropped hair and light facial hair. He was wearing a green hoodie jumper with light grey bottoms.

Anyone with information should call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 3488/01SEP22. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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