Hero van driver saves woman from robbers

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.


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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.

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

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