£10k reward offered to catch violent thugs who robbed 83-year-old cancer sufferer in East Ham

Ahmet Dobran died four months after he was attacked in East Ham. Picture: Met Police

Ahmet Dobran died four months after he was attacked in East Ham. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Metropolitan Police

Crimestoppers are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the men who violently robbed a pensioner with cancer in East Ham last year.

Police would like to speak to these two men. Picture: Met Police

Police would like to speak to these two men. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Metropolitan Police

Ahmet Dobran, 83, was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and myeloma cancer when he was struck outside his flat on Sussex Road in August.

He was beaten and dragged to the ground by three men, who got away with £8,000 worth of jewellery, including his Gold Longines Watch, a diamond bracelet and a gold pendant with `Alex’ inscribed on it.

He suffered three fractures to his neck, lost the use of his left hand, and was only able to walk for up to three minutes with a zimmer frame.

Ahmet Dobran used to be known for his sharp sartorial style. Picture: Lema Dobran

Ahmet Dobran used to be known for his sharp sartorial style. Picture: Lema Dobran - Credit: Lema Dobran

He was put into an induced coma and had numerous operations to attach a tracheostomy and tube to his stomach, and was unable to swallow food or liquids.


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He sadly died on January 15.

Crimestoppers are now offering the reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Mr Dobran’s attackers.

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Roger Critchell, director of operations at Crimestoppers, said: “This callous attack on an elderly man, who was struggling with Parkinson’s and cancer, has left his devoted family grief-stricken and desperate for answers.

Ahmet Dobran, 82, who was robbed in East Ham

Ahmet Dobran, 82, who was robbed in East Ham - Credit: Metropolitan Police

“At Crimestoppers, we believe everyone has a right to feel safe, wherever they live. There will be someone who knows who was involved in beating up this defenceless man.

“I would ask that if you have information on Mr Dobran’s attack, please speak up and help keep your community safe by contacting our charity. I promise you that nobody will know you spoke to us, and that you will remain 100 per cent anonymous.”

One man, aged 33, was arrested and charged in December but the other two are yet to be identified.

Speaking to the Recorder in November, Mr Dobran’s daughter Lema described her father as a “proud” man who was regularly seen around East Ham before his ordeal wearing a two-piece suit and tie as he visited his favourite betting shop with friends and drank cappuccinos.

Ahmet Dobran, 82, who was robbed in East Ham

Ahmet Dobran, 82, who was robbed in East Ham - Credit: Metropolitan Police

Anyone with information should contact Crimestopppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or through the non-traceable online form at

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