Robber claimed to have gun

Police are investigating two attempted robberies in the Plashet Park area of Newham.

Officers were called at around 5:15pm on Tuesday (2 February) to reports of an 18-year-old man in Plashet Park, E12 being threatened with a firearm.

It was reported two suspects on an electric scooter approached the victim and demanded his phone. When the victim refused, one of the suspects pointed to his pocket and stated he had a firearm. No firearm was seen and no property was taken. The suspects headed towards Katherine Road.

Approximately five minutes later at around 5:20pm, officer received a further report of a 17-year-old male having had a substance thrown over his face while in the park.

Two suspects approached the victim on an electric scooter, demanded his mobile phone and when this was not handed over one of them has thrown a corrosive substance in the victim’s face. The suspects made off in an unknown direction.

The victim was taken to hospital where he continues to receive treatment – his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

The suspects are described as both black and around 17-years-old. One male was wearing a white hoody and blue jacket. The second male was wearing a black jacket and hat.

If anyone has information they can call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 6803/2Feb.

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