Father robbed in suspected ‘machete mugging’ in Crouch End

PUBLISHED: 18:33 18 January 2011

Police have advised residents to avoid dark or deserted areas after dark.

Police have advised residents to avoid dark or deserted areas after dark.


A FATHER was set upon and cornered by two robbers after dark in a suspected “machete mugging”.

The 49-year-old man was shoved from behind in Weston Park in Crouch End, a leafy residential street, at 9pm last Friday (January 14).

He was pushed up against a hedge by two men each carrying objects wrapped in cloth - which he believed were knives.

His bag was snatched and the muggers escaped running towards Crouch End.

Two good Samaritans in a blue transit van then pulled over and helped the victim, who was not injured in the terrifying mugging.

One person posted on Twitter: “Safer doing tax return than walking round Crouch End - a parent at my son’s school was mugged at machete-point last night. Apparently the Crouch End machete boys are repeat offenders - police aware of previous.”

Police have not commented on whether the mugging involved machetes.

However it may not be an isolated incident as community police teams have issued safety advice after other robberies in the area.

Haringey Robbery Squad confirmed it is investigating “a number of robbery offences” and officers are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.

Police are carrying out extra patrols to reassure residents and deter muggers and they have advised residents to avoid dark or deserted areas after dark.

Investigations continue into the Weston Park mugging and a police appeal for information has been issued.

Detective Sergeant Shaun Carre-Brown said: “I am keen to speak to two helpful members of public in particular - a man and woman that pulled over in a blue transit van and helped the victim, giving him a lift following the robbery.

“We’d like to reiterate that anyone that is robbed should dial 999 immediately to enable police to provide an appropriate response.”

Anyone with information should call Haringey Robbery Squad on 020 8345 0870 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


* Avoid dark or deserted areas late at night.

* Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to what’s going on around you (using a mobile phone, wearing a hood or earphones all affect your awareness of your surroundings, while alcohol and drugs will reduce inhibitions and reaction times).

* Be assertive, plan your journey, look purposeful and aware.

* Keep your valuables out of sight.

* Trust your instincts - avoid shortcuts down dark alleys, move away from suspicious people.

* Try to travel with people you know. When you can, stick to routes where other people are.

* Register your valuable items on the property register. In the event of theft, this helps police catch criminals and return your property to you.

* If you are unfortunate enough to be robbed, dial 999 immediately to enable police to provide an appropriate response.

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