Boys held up at knifepoint on c2c train between Thurrock and Upminster

POLICE have released CCTV images of four men wanted for questioning over two boys were held up at knifepoint on a c2c train.

British Transport Police released the images, which were captured on Thursday, November 7, on a service between Thurrock and Upminster.

The force said it had seen a ‘concerning’ amount of robberies on the train network in and around London in recent weeks and was releasing the images as part of a crackdown.

DCI Sarah White said: “Typically, we are seeing things like phones, laptops and Airpod headphones being targeted by groups of young men. They will usually approach people travelling on their own, but many of these incidents have still taken place in crowded and busy areas.”

On November 7, police said, “a group of young men attempted to rob two 16-year-old boys at knifepoint on a c2c train from Chafford Hundred to Upminster station.”

The incident occurred at roughly 8.30pm.

A spokesman added: “Thankfully, in this case, nothing was stolen.”

The c2c incident was one of eight reported robberies or attempted robberies in the London area which BTP appealed for details about.

DCI White said: “Recently we have seen a concerning amount of robberies across the rail network in London and we are working tirelessly to catch those responsible.

“We have specialist plain clothes officers working across the network and passengers can also expect to see highly visible reassurance patrols across key routes and areas.

“However, I would still like to remind everyone of the need to be aware of their surroundings when travelling, particularly in the evenings, and of being discreet and secure when carrying their property, where possible.”

Anybody who recognised any of the men was urged to dial 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, and quote the reference ‘334 of 14/11/19’.

Charles Thomson

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