Search

Hooded gangs target Highgate in spate of muggings

PUBLISHED: 11:04 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:04 06 March 2018

Northwood Hall, Hornsey Lane. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Northwood Hall, Hornsey Lane. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Archant

Gangs of masked and hooded youths have rampaged through Highgate in a spate of “violent” robberies.

The first victim was on Archway Road passing the Sainsbury’s on February 2 at 4.20pm when a youngster followed him, grabbed his jumper and forced him to reveal his pin number before taking his bankcard.

In a second incident, reported in the latest safer neighbourhood newsletter, a man was followed along Cholmeley Park, when two suspects approached him. They threatened to stab him before snatching his phone. The man is said to have been saved after a have-a-go hero stepped in.

Another victim was at a bus stop in Archway Road when a gang marched him to a cash machine. Realising he had no money, they stole his oyster card and fled. A fourth victim had his bank card, pin and iPad stolen outside Highgate tube after three teens surrounded him and said if he cooperated they wouldn’t hurt him. Another victim was in Hornsey Lane when five teens threatened him at knifepoint before taking his phone after forcing him into Northwood Hall car park. A sixth victim was in Denewood Road when she noticed a man hiding in a driveway at 12.55am on February 9. He confronted her outside her house and took £5 and an oyster card.

Responding, Highgate Green Party Cllr Sian Berry said: “Crimes like these really worry our residents. We need more police to deal with this.”

Highgate Lib Dem Cllr Liz Morris welcomed patrols around Highgate station, but added: “It’s very worrying to hear about these violent robberies. We need CCTV. There are cameras in every Haringey ward except Highgate. I continue to press the council on this. It is not acceptable.”

In reply, Haringey communities chief Cllr Eugene Ayisi said: “We work closely with the police to support them in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Information from the community is crucial and we encourage anyone who knows anything about these crimes to tell police.”

Highgate Insp Richard Berns said the incidents may be linked to a series of robberies plaguing Archway though the Met has said the culprits are hard to identify because they wear balaclavas.

The latest Met crime statistics show in Highgate there were 17 robberies last month, down from 19 in December, but up from five in November 2017.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:45

Neighbours and community groups have raised concerns over the sale of former Branch Hill House care home in Hampstead.

Yesterday, 14:44

The senior coroner for inner north London Mary Hassell is set to hold a public consultation into the new policy for how she should deal with deaths in the area, but has only given people a matter of days to send in written submissions.

Yesterday, 14:15

Camden Council has served the developers of the Leighton Arms pub in Kentish Town with an enforcement notice demanding that the pub’s conversion into a Nisa supermarket is halted and recent changes to the building are reversed.

Yesterday, 09:13

A judicial review bid by Westminster City Council against the CS11 cycle superhighway has been slammed as “petty political posturing”, as its future hangs in the balance.

Yesterday, 08:43

A Hampstead man has been charged with murder over the killing of Edmond Jonuzi outside Turnpike Lane tube station, in Haringey.

Mon, 16:40

A half-acre plot of Hampstead Heath was sold to a private buyer for £154,000 in an auction today, adding fuel to conservationists’ fears that it could be developed

Mon, 14:47

Theresa May paid tribute to the founding principles of Hampstead’s Royal Free Hospital, as she launched her £20.5 billion-a-year decade long plan for the health service this morning.

Mon, 12:08

The new police chief for Islington and Camden has already launched a taskforce to tackle violence – and said significant reductions are being made in moped crime.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Wembley Sailing Club is hosting a Push the Boat Out event on Sunday May 20, where those interested in taking up the sport are invited to experience the club in action.

Preparing your child in advance for school will go a long way towards ensuring the very best start for your child.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now