A shocking moped mugging in Thornton Heath where two elderly women were robbed at knife point, featured on last night’s BBC One Show as detectives appealed for help in catching the culprits.

Detectives in Croydon are re-appealing for information and witnesses after two terrified Asian women were robbed at knife-point for their gold necklaces in Thornton Heath.

The women, aged in their 60s, were approached by four men riding on two mopeds in Bensham Manor Road near St John’s Church, on 20 September at around 15.09pm.

During the incident the pillion passengers got off the bikes and threatened the victims with a knife, before snatching a total of four gold chains from the victims’ necks.

A male witness, aged in his 70s, who was visiting family from India, attempted to intervene using a suitcase to protect himself from the knife wielding robber  and was thrown to the ground by one of the suspects.

The suspects then made off on the mopeds towards White Horse Road.

London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the witness who intervened to help the women, one of which was his wife, was taken to a south London hospital with a minor head injury. He was later discharged.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

The suspects are described as three white males and one black male. All four wore motorcycle helmets. The incident was captured on video.




Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call Croydon CID on 101 or contact the Met via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.