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Canada Water: phone snatcher grabbed by members of the public after theft

Vigilant passers-by stopped a teenage boy from robbing a woman of her phone by Canada Water station on Friday (October 1).

The would-be robber was a thirteen-year-old boy, and the incident took place close to 6pm. Police were called and arrested the suspect. He has since been arrested in connection with another robbery that took place last month.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “Police responded to calls of the theft of a mobile phone at Canada Water Station at 18:00hrs on Friday 1 October.

“A 13-year-old boy was arrested at the scene and taken to a south London police station where he was further arrested on suspicion of another robbery committed on 3 September.

“The boy has been bailed to return on a date in late October pending further enquiries.”

Phone snatching – such as when someone cycles past and steals a phone from the victim’s hand – has become a recurring problem on the Rotherhithe peninsula. Residents have said they are worried that the raft of new developments to be built in the area in the coming years could make the problem worse.

Godwin Perrot, the sergeant for the Rotherhithe community policing (“safer neighbourhoods”) team, told the News earlier this year: “We are aware of the issue and we are putting measures in place to try and stop it.”

One of the areas that police target is the onward market for these phones. Every so often officers will raid mobile phone stalls on the street, which often buy up stolen devices, Sergeant Perrot said. They also have an agreement with local pawn shops to recover stolen phones.



  1. Incredibly disappointing that plain clothes officers are not patrolling Rotherhithe on a regular basis to combat theft and drug crime!

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