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Hero van driver saves woman from robbers

PUBLISHED: 16:55 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:29 07 September 2010

ROBBERS tried to snatch a necklace from a woman in West Hampstead before a van driver came to the victim s aid. The gang of three approa-ched the 40-year-old in Goldhurst Terrace just after 4pm on Monday and one of the men tried to take her jewellery. A p

ROBBERS tried to snatch a necklace from a woman in West Hampstead before a van driver came to the victim's aid.

The gang of three approa-ched the 40-year-old in Goldhurst Terrace just after 4pm on Monday and one of the men tried to take her jewellery.

A passing van driver stopped to let the victim get into his vehicle but as he tried to escape he crashed into two cars, causing them minor damage.

A 19-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery. He was released on bail to return to police pending further enquiries.

The other suspects, who are both black men, made off from the scene.

It is the latest incident of lone women being targeted for their jewellery in the Hamp-stead area. On October 2 at 9.50pm a 43-year-old woman was grabbed by the neck in Platt's Lane and had her rings taken off her fingers.

Anyone with any information should call 020-7404 1212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555 111.

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