Pensioner victim of violent robbery

The Metropolitan Police is appealing for information to identify and locate two suspects who committed a violent robbery at Peckham Rye Park at around 7:45pm on Friday, 24 November.

The 72-year-old male victim was walking through the park when he was approached by two male suspects.

The suspects punched the victim in the face and stabbed him in the stomach before demanding his wallet. While his personal belongings were being stolen from him one of the suspects continues to place pressure on the knife.

The suspects made off with the victim’s wallet, containing £80, a watch and a lottery ticket.

The victim managed to make his way to a residential address where he asked for assistance. Police attended and the man was taken by London Ambulance Service to a central London hospital for treatment – his condition is not life threatening.

The suspects were described as two black males.

One of the suspects is a dark skinned black male, 20-30 years old, 6ft tall, of medium build, with a goatee beard and untidy hair. The suspect was of ‘scruffy’ appearance.

Detective Sergeant Chris Rogers of Southwark CID said: “This was an unnecessarily violent attack on a defenceless man. There was absolutely no need whatsoever for this elderly gentlemen to have been brutally attacked for his belongings.

“It is pure luck that we are not now investigating a murder and it is imperative that these suspects are identified and arrested without delay.”

Detectives from Southwark continue to investigate. There have been no arrests, enquiries continue.

Anyone who can identify the suspects or witnessed this attack should call DS Rogers on 020 7232 6483 or Southwark CID via 101. You can tweet police @MetCC.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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