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Police seek to trace two men after aggravated burglary in Westminster

 


CCTV images and of the suspects available here:

Suspect1

Suspect2

CCTV footage inside flat

CCTV footage outside flat

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Detectives have today, Thurssday, 23 October, released CCTV images of two men they would like to identify, following an aggravated burglary in Westminster.

On Sunday, 28 September at about 17:20hrs the victim, a 26-year-old man was assaulted and robbed in his own home in Queensborough Terrace, W2 by two men.

The victim had arranged to meet a man via an online dating app for gay men. The man [Suspect one] arrived at his flat at about 17:00hrs and spent much of his time there texting, before informing the victim he was leaving.

The victim showed him to the front door and when the door was opened a second man [Suspect two] was waiting outside, holding what was described as a cattle prod.

The victim was pushed back inside his flat, where the suspects threatened him with the weapon before stealing cash and his laptop computer.

The men ran from the flat and made off in an unknown direction.

Detective Constable April Smart, Westminster CID, said: “The victim thankfully did not suffer serious physical injuries but has been left very shaken by this incident.

I am keen to identify the two suspects as soon as possible and I am appealing to anyone who may know who they are to contact the police.

Whilst we have not connected this incident to any other reported to us, I must consider that the suspects could have committed this type of offence previously, and I would appeal to anyone who may have been a victim of this type of offence, to contact the police, where they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the LGBT community that we are doing everything we can to arrest these men and have followed and eliminated a number of potential leads and enquiries to date.

I would urge everyone who uses the services of online dating apps and sites to take steps to help them to stay safe whilst meeting strangers.

Tips on how to stay safe can be found at www.lgf.org.uk/information-advice/online-safety/

Suspect one, is described as white, slim build and in his mid-20s. He has short fair/blond hair.

Suspect two is described as white, late-20s of medium build and bald.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 020 7321 7513, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.