Plaistow woman robbed of gold necklace

A thief on two wheels wrenched a kindly old lady’s �200 gold chain from her neck moments after he demanded right of way as he cycled past her on the pavement.

The 65-year-old woman was walking along Dacre Road, Plaistow, when she moved out of the way for the cyclist who was coming from behind her.

As the lady passed the junction with Crescent Road the cyclist turned his bike around and peddled towards the victim.

As he approached he shocked the woman when he suddenly snatched the gold necklace before making off towards Crescent Road.

The suspect to the Friday August 17 theft- it was around 4.30pm - is described as a mixed race man aged 25-years-old, approximately 5ft 10in, slight build, clean shaven and wearing a black cap.

Crime Prevention Design Advisor Pc Andy Whitfield revealed thieves frequently operate in tube stations; at cash machines, in car parks, around bus stations and in overcrowded areas, especially at rush hour.

“Snatch robberies can involve violence or theft. The chance that this will ever happen to you is quite small, but you should be aware of what you can do to keep yourself and your property safe”