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Images of two men released after attempted robbery in Soho

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Images of two men released after attempted robbery in Soho

Detectives investigating a violent attempted robbery in Soho have released images of two men they want to identify and speak with.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service [LAS] at 01:32hrs on Monday, 27 December 2021 to reports of an injured man at Frith Steet, W1.

Officers responded and found the victim, a 28-year-old man, with facial injuries.

Officers later established that the victim had been approached on the street by two men who attempted to engage him in conversation. The victim declined to engage and the two men walked away.

Around ten minutes later the suspects returned and, unsuccessfully, tried to take his watch. While doing so they punched him repeatedly in the face.

The victim was taken to hospital by LAS where medical staff found he had suffered a fractured eye socket and lacerations that required stitches.

Detective Constable Christine Metz, Central West Command Unit, is investigating. She said: "This was an unprovoked, extremely violent, assault on a man going about his normal day. The level of violence was unnecessary which makes me very keen to identify and apprehend these individuals.

“The public has a right to use the streets of our city without fear of being attacked and robbed of their personal property and I am asking the public to join with us in our complete abhorrence of this behaviour by telling us who these men are.

"The victim in this case still suffers from the effects of his injuries to this day – those effects last far beyond the healing of wounds or a loss of property.

"Please look closely at the two suspects pictured. The images are of a good, clear quality and I'm sure someone will recognise them.”

Anyone who has information that can help police should call 101 ref CAD 0461/27Dec21.

Alternatively tweet @MetCC, or to remain 100% anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.