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The court in the Russian capital found Denis Chuprikov guilty of theft of valuable items.

A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a man who snatched a 19th-century painting off the wall in a busy Moscow gallery earlier this year to three years in a maximum security prison.

The court in the Russian capital found Denis Chuprikov guilty of theft of valuable items.

In January, Chuprikov took the painting off the wall in Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery — home to some of Russia’s most storied art — and strolled out past visitors and security.

He took a Crimean landscape by Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi and carried it through a room filled with visitors, CCTV cameras showed.

He then drove off with the oil painting but was arrested the next morning in a village outside Moscow.

Chuprikov admitted hiding the art work at a construction site from where it was recovered. He denied any wrongdoing at the time.

The painting, depicting the Ai-Petri mountain in Crimea, was completed between 1898 and 1908.

The security incident was the second to hit the gallery within a year, when a man slashed a painting by Ilya Repin depicting Tsar Ivan the Terrible after he killed his son.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives “because it happened under my watch”, according to a PBS documentary to be broadcast next week.

Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as the kingdom’s de facto ruler is known, has not spoken publicly about the killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The CIA and some Western governments have said he ordered it, but Saudi officials say he had no role.

Did Salman know?

Asked how the killing could happen without him knowing about it, Smith quotes Prince Mohammed as saying: “We have 20 million people. We have 3 million government employees.”

Smith asked whether the killers could have taken private government jets, to which the crown prince responded: “I have officials, ministers to follow things, and they’re responsible. They have the authority to do that.”

Smith describes the December exchange, which apparently took place off-camera, in the preview of the documentary.

A senior US administration official said in June the Trump administration was pressing Riyadh for “tangible progress” toward holding to account those behind the killing ahead.

 

His body was reportedly dismembered and removed from the building and his remains have not been found.

‘I get all the responsibility’

The death sparked global uproar, tarnishing the crown prince’s image and imperilling ambitious plans to diversify the economy of the world’s top oil exporter and open up cloistered Saudi society. He has not since visited the US or Europe.

 

The public prosecutor said the then-deputy intelligence chief ordered the repatriation of Khashoggi, a royal insider who became an outspoken critic, but the lead negotiator ordered him killed after discussions for his return failed.

 

A grand jury indicted a California man for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend last week

A grand jury indicted a California man for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend last week — five years after she disappeared in her native Hawaii.

Bernard Brown will be extradited from Sacramento to the island of Maui to face charges in the murder of 46-year-old Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, who was reported missing by her daughter on January 14, 2014, authorities said.

The mother of three was last seen leaving Brown’s home in Wailuku on January 12, Maui police said. Several days later, her purse was found in a dumpster at the nearby Wailuku Community Center.

Her body was never found.

Family and neighbors had told Hawaii News Now that Brown was abusive and local authorities had long considered him a person of interest in the case.

He left Hawaii in early February 2014.

The case surrounding Monsalve’s disappearance was featured in Dateline NBC’s “Missing in America” series.

Her daughter, Alexis Felicilda, said she’d been waiting for Brown’s arrest for a long time.

“This man has changed my life,” she added.

“Dear Instagram I am a boy. I just have long hair. Quit deleting my pictures”

A group of moms on Instagram wants to know why the app keeps taking down topless photos of their sons, even though they don’t break any rules.

The boys come from all over the world but share one key characteristic — long hair.

One of those boys is Parker, the 4-year-old son of Tori Spooner. They live in Florida near the beach, which Parker loves.

“We’re at beach all the time. He, like, never wears a shirt,” Spooner told BuzzFeed News.

“They sent it and said it was sexual and we weren’t allowed to have it. It was pretty much just a warning,” she said.

“Then the second time it happened on Facebook, it banned me for a couple of days.”

Then it started happening on Instagram too. The bans started getting longer. Finally the account, @parkersavesthesea, was deleted by Instagram two weeks ago. It had more than 6,000 followers and several years’ worth of photos.

“They said my account was taken down because too many of the photos were flagged on Instagram,” she said.

Instagram and Facebook both use artificial intelligence and machine learning to flag and remove child nudity and images of exploitation. That means it could be that a robot, not a person, that decided Spooner’s photos had to go.

 The pictures of Parker don’t violate any of those rules; in a statement, the company told BuzzFeed News it had made a mistake.

The company’s guidelines forbid photos of genitalia and unclothed children above toddler age. It also doesn’t allow female nipples for anyone older than a toddler.

“This post was taken down in error and we are sorry for the mistake. We err on the side of protecting children and for safety reasons we remove some images that show nude or partially-nude children,” said a spokesperson.

After her account was deleted, Spooner tried to appeal her case but said she had trouble actually getting a response from Instagram. So she made a new account with a photo of Parker holding a sign that said “Dear Instagram, I’m a boy. I just have long hair. Quit deleting my pictures!”

It turns out Spooner wasn’t the only one having issues. Now other parents have posted similar photos of their own.

“I originally just started it kind of for us, but so many other people were commenting saying they’d make a sign too, and it started spreading,” said Spooner.

Her original account was reinstated Tuesday after Instagram was contacted by the media, but Spooner still wants to see changes from the company.

“Find a solution so we’re allowed to post our boys with long hair,” she said. “Have somebody manually view them if they get flagged.”

Police issued an image of what Katrice might look like today

The father of a two-year-old girl who was abducted almost 40-years ago has said he still believes there is a chance his daughter is alive, as police continue to question a man in connection with her disappearance.

But speaking following the development, Katrice’s father, Richard Lee, 69, said he had never given up hope that his daughter might one day be found.

He said he believed there was a possibility his daughter had been abducted and brought up by another family.

Mr Lee, who was serving with the British Army in Germany when his daughter disappeared, said: “When I look back to 1981 I never gave up then and I haven’t given up now. I have never believed that Katrice is dead. 

“I have had to be very tenacious and I really believe that if I had rolled over and given up then everyone else would as well.

“There are thousands of missing kids out there and we owe to all of them to keep believing, to never give up in our search for answers.

“I was contacted by the Military Police on Monday and they told me about this development and that they had made an arrest.

Katrice disappeared while out on a shopping trip with her mother in Paderborn, West Germany in 1981 on her second birthday.

“This was completely out of the blue, I wasn’t expecting it and I’m glad it has happened but I’m very cautious, I don’t want to get carried away into thinking this is finally going to resolve things for me, it’s been too long to think this is the end.”

An Army spokesman said: “We can confirm that an arrest was made on 23 September by the Royal Military Police in connection with the disappearance of Katrice Lee in 1981

“As this is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment further at this stage.”

A Wiltshire Police spokesman confirmed that the Royal Military Police were leading the investigation.

Katrice was last seen in a Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) shopping complex in Schloss Neuhaus, Paderborn, West Germany, near to where her parents, Sharon and Richard were living at the time.

When her mother turned round after paying for goods at the counter, Katrice had gone and has not been seen since.

Speaking at his home in Hartlepool, County Durham, Mr Lee said: “I think she was abducted and that she has been brought up as someone else’s daughter. I feel that very strongly and have never given up hope that she’ll be found.

“Sometimes it’s like living with a torture, your mind turns over and over looking for explanations.

“I’ve suspected that it was someone on the base, maybe someone in my unit with a vendetta against me, you never stop turning over the possibilities.

“But it’s the very fact that I can’t let it rest, won’t accept she will never be found that has kept this investigation alive and led to this most recent development.”

Finally 7 criminals faced justice for their crimes.

Each week convicted London criminals go before the courts to face justice for their crimes.

This week seven offenders were jailed after being found guilty or admitting what they did.

Their offences range from attempted murder to trying to meet and engage in sexual activity with a child

Below are their names and faces and the reason why they are spending some time locked up behind bars.

A former accountant for a family-owned firm in South London was jailed for 30 months for fraudulently transferring more than £140,000 to her personal account .

Alison Thomas, 52, of Tadworth Street, in Tadworth, Surrey was sentenced on September 16 at Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on May 14.

The fraudster had worked for seven years at the engineering firm as the company accountant.

Her role gave her access to and control of the company’s financial dealings and she was viewed as a vital and trusted member of the team

Between December 2011 and January 2018 Thomas made payments to her personal account totalling £144,589.

Thomas’ fraud was discovered when one of the owners began to investigate why the company was not performing as well as it should have been.

He became suspicious about how Thomas was able to fund a lifestyle of champagne lunches, foreign holidays and private education for her child on the wages she was being paid.

When the accounts were investigated further, he discovered regular payments were being made to Thomas’ personal account from the company and he confronted her.

She admitted the offence to him at that time.

PC Stewart Bold of the Met’s Economic Crime Hub in Lewisham, said: “Thomas used her position of trust to withdraw large funds from the company to fund her own lifestyle. She lived beyond her means and treated the company’s account as her own.

“In doing so she put the company in serious financial difficulty. Fortunately this did not lead to the loss of any jobs and therefore further financial struggles for its employees and their families.

“The sentence she has received demonstrates the severity of her actions and I hope will act as a deterrent to others.”

Pimlico man who made a real gun with a 3D printer

A young man from Pimlico reportedly became the first person to be sentenced for making a firearm with a 3D printer in the UK.

Tendai Muswere, a 26-year-old from Tachbrook Street, was jailed for three years on September 19 at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to the charge.

The odd-looking weapon was found during a drugs raid at Muswere’s home in the Lillington Gardens Estate in October 2017.

He tried to claim he had made the weapon for a university project, despite the fact it had the parts needed to fire a shot, and alleged he found the ammunition in a park.

Officers also discovered cannabis plants and evidence of cannabis cultivation, and a second raid on Muswere’s home in February 2018 revealed further components of a 3D printed gun.

On the second occasion, Muswere threw an incomplete and melted 3-D printed cylinder for a Reprringer pepperbox handgun out of the kitchen window as police forced their way inside.

Firearm experts found the only parts missing for many of Muswere’s 3-D firearms to work and become lethal weapons were the steel tube sleevings needed to cover the handguns.

However, the investigation found Muswere had repeatedly searched for these on the internet.

Detective sergeant Jonathan Roberts said: “Muswere claimed that he was printing the firearms for a ‘dystopian’ university film project but he has not explained why he included the component parts necessary to make a lethal barrelled weapon.

“We know that Muswere was planning to line the printed firearms with steel tubes in order to make a barrel capable of firing.”

Muswere claimed not to be aware that the components he made were capable of firing but a search of internet history revealed he had watched videos on how to make a working gun with a 3D printer.

He later refused to comment on what his alleged film project was about.

DS Roberts added: “I hope that today’s sentencing sends a very clear and powerful message that we will prosecute anyone who thinks that they can get away with being in possession of, or manufacturing a firearm, in London.”

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Teenager jailed for stabbing man 7 times in Tower Hamlets

A teenager was sentenced to 15 years in jail after he stabbed a man seven times, puncturing his lung.

Mohammed Amjad Ali, 19, of no fixed address, was convicted after a trial at Southwark Crown Court in July.

He was sentenced at the same court on September 16.

The court heard Ali, who was later found guilty of attempted murder, stabbed a 36-year-old man seven times in the chest after he attacked him in Trafalgar Gardens, Tower Hamlets, on August 13, 2018.

The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for life-threatening injuries including a punctured lung.

Ali left the area shortly after the attack and was seen, without a shirt, discarding the knife.

The victim told police he had been involved in a fight earlier in the day with Ali, who had then returned with a knife and attacked him.

Ali was arrested on August 29 and charged the next day.

He pleaded not guilty and claimed the victim had the knife. He said any injuries caused must have been from when they were “struggling on the floor.”

Detective Constable Simon Maude, of the Met’s Central East Unit, said: “This was an extremely aggressive, violent attack in which the victim suffered injuries that could easily have been fatal.

Vile Homerton man threatened to shoot and kill his girlfriend

Ahmed Mohammed assaulted his girlfriend on another occasion while driving in her car
Ahmed Mohammed assaulted his girlfriend on another occasion while driving in her car (Image: Met Police)

A young man with “vile and obnoxious views about women” threatened to shoot and kill his girlfriend if she left him.

Mohammed Ahmed, from Kemeys Street, in the Homerton area of Hackney , used controlling and coercive behaviour in an attempt to force his partner to stay in a relationship with him, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

The 21-year-old’s disturbing behaviour culminated in an incident in August when he persuaded his girlfriend to get into his car under the pretence he just wanted to discuss their relationship.

Ahmed’s mood quickly changed and as his anger grew, he threatened to shoot and murder her.

He also assaulted her in the car.

After reporting this incident to police, the victim further confided that Ahmed had assaulted her on another occasion while driving in her car.

Ahmed was was jailed for two and a half years on Wednesday, September 18.

He was found guilty at the same court on September 10 of harassment with intent to cause fear of violence, threats to kill and two counts of common assault.

On sentencing Ahmed, Judge Perrins said he held “vile and obnoxious views about women” and the offences were “part of a serious pattern of behaviour”.

Detective Constable Imran Hansraj from the Central East Command Unit led the investigation and said: “I would like to praise the courage of the victim for coming forward and reporting Ahmed’s attacks and threats to police.

“I would also urge anyone who is in an abusive relationship to contact police or specialist support agencies – we can help you to end the cycle of violence and bring perpetrators to justice.”

Married Stratford man posed as teen boy to lure girl, 13, for sex

Graham Rycraft was jailed for six years and given a further four years on licence (Image: Met Police)

A married man who posed as a 15-year-old boy was jailed for sharing indecent images of children and child grooming.

Graham Rycraft, 50, from Honour Lea Avenue in Stratford , was jailed for six years and given a further four years on licence.

He was jailed for attempting to meet and engage in sexual activity with a child, possessing indecent pictures of a child and nine counts of distributing indecent pictures.

He was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on September 20 after being found guilty in May.

In September 2018 Rycraft began speaking online to who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but was in fact a Metropolitan Police officer using an online persona to target predatory offenders.

(Image: CPS)

Rycraft initially claimed he was a 15-year-old boy and then sent images of child abuse before admitting that he was an adult and continuing to groom the ‘girl’.

He arranged to meet the ‘girl’ but was extremely cautious of his security and went to great lengths to keep his identity hidden.

He was eventually arrested on September 5, 2018 in a phone box near to his office on Fitzroy Street in Central London having just confirmed to the ‘girl’ where he wanted to meet.

Upon arrest, the police found his ‘secret phone’ which revealed the true extent of the indecent images that he possessed and shared.

Rycraft, who denied all knowledge of the mobile phone, was charged the following day and remanded in custody.

“A dangerous offender and a risk to children”

During sentencing the judge assessed Rycraft as a dangerous offender and a risk to children, imposing the extended licence period of four years.

Negeen Momtahen, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Rycraft pitched himself online as a 15-year-old boy from Camden to target vulnerable children and teenagers.

“He used what he believed were thorough methods to conceal his criminal activities, using a secret phone, a public phone box, and keeping viagra and condoms in his desk at work.

“In this instance, the subject of Rycraft’s attention was thankfully an undercover police officer, but had he been successful his actions could have led to the abuse and suffering of children.

“This conviction sends a clear message to criminals similarly motivated that this behaviour will not go unpunished.”

“A calculated and callous man”

DI John Halford, of the Met’s central specialist crime team, said: “Rycraft is a calculated and callous man who sought to groom children for his own sexual gratification, taking steps to ensure his own security in the assumption that he would not be caught.

“In actual fact he had encountered officers carrying out a proactive operation aimed at bringing those who seek to exploit and abuse children to justice.

“He will now spend years behind bars, where he belongs.

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London drug gang members caught handing over two kilos of cocaine in a pub

(Left to right) Mark Lambie, Ben Hamill and Jamal Primus were watched by police in the pub (Image: Met Police)

Members of a drug gang were jailed after they were caught passing over a huge amount of cocaine at a pub in Mortlake.

Ben Hamill, of Buckingham Road in Richmond , and Mark Lambie, of Whalebone Grove in Romford , were locked up for their roles in supplying drugs.

A third man, Jamal Primus, of Felixstowe Road in Tottenham , is going to be sentenced on October 1.

They were caught during a proactive operation by the Met’s Specialist Crime North Proactive Syndicate on January 25.

Officers observed Lambie and Primus arrive at a pub on Ship Lane in Mortlake, South West London, in separate vehicles.

A short time later, Hamill arrived and handed Lambie a white bag.

The men then left the pub and officers later carried out a stop of two vehicles, including the car Lambie and Primas were travelling in, on Seven Sisters Road, by Finsbury Park.

They found two kilos of cocaine and Lambie and Primas were arrested.

Hamill was arrested four days later. A search of his Richmond home revealed 15 sets of packaging containing cocaine residue, identical to the packaging found wrapped around the cocaine seized on January 25.

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Hamill, 43 pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs (cocaine) and was jailed for four-and-a-half years on Friday (September 20) at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Lambie, 48 pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs (cocaine) and was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.

Primus, 38 has been found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine).

Detective Inspector Pete McDonald, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said:   “This successful operation has seen a significant amount of cocaine removed from the drugs market. Thanks to the dedication of my team, these gang members have been removed from the streets of London and will now serve lengthy sentences.

“Drugs destroy lives and fuel crime and violence in our communities.

“We will not stop in our efforts to robustly target this kind of criminality and I hope the sentencing serves as a stark reminder to those involved in drugs offences.”

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The retail apocalypse isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

The retail apocalypse isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Nine months into 2019, there have already been 40% more store closings announced than in all of 2018, according to a new report from global marketing research firm Coresight Research.

Based on Coresight Research’s figures, retailers’ earnings reports, bankruptcy filings and other records, more than 8,200 stores are slated to shutter this year and thousands of locations already gone.

Bankrupt footwear company Payless ShoeSource, which closed its remaining U.S. stores in late June, accounts for about 37% of the closings.

The “going-out-of-business” sales and liquidation of other brands is expected to continue. Coresight estimates closures could reach 12,000 by the end of the year, the report said.

Coresight, which has offices in Manhattan, London and Hong Kong, tracked the 5,864 closings in 2018, which included all Toys R Us stores and hundreds of Kmart and Sears locations.

The record year for closings was 2017, with 8,139 shuttered stores, Coresight found. This included an earlier round of Payless closings, the entire HHGregg electronics and appliance chain, and hundreds of Sears and Kmart stores.

The pain is expected to continue into future years, according to an April report from UBS Securities. UBS analysts said 75,000 more stores would need to be shuttered by 2026 if e-commerce penetration rises to 25% from its current level of 16%.

A separate analysis by UBS said tariffs on Chinese imports could put $40 billion of sales and 12,000 stores at risk.

“The market is not realizing how much brick & mortar retail is incrementally struggling and how new 25% tariffs could force widespread store closures,” UBS analyst Jay Sole wrote in the May report. “We think potential 25% tariffs on Chinese imports could accelerate pressure on these company’s profit margins to the point where major store closures become a real possibility.”

A separate analysis by UBS said tariffs on Chinese imports could put $40 billion of sales and 12,000 stores at risk

Closing all locations

Thousands of locations have already closed this year with the final Payless stores finishing their liquidation sales in June. All Charlotte Russe stores closed in April but the company’s new owner has started to open new stores.

Payless ShoeSource: 2,589 (includes 248 Canada locations and 114 smaller-format stores in Shopko Hometown locations).

Gymboree/Crazy 8: 749

Dressbarn: 649. Here are the locations closing in July and August.

Fred’s: 568; the final approximately 80 stores are now set to close after several rounds of closings this year, the company announced Sept. 9. The last round of closing of 129 stores was announced in July.

Charlotte Russe: 494; but the company’s new owner is opening new stores.

Shopko: 371

Avenue: 222

Charming Charlie: 261

A’Gaci: 54

LifeWay Christian Resources: 170

E.L.F. Beauty: 22

Henri Bendel: 23

Topshop: All 11 U.S. stores

Barneys New York bankruptcy: Luxury retailer files for bankruptcy and announces 15 closing stores. See the list.

Perkins, Marie Callender’s bankruptcy: Restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy after closing 29 locations

More closings

Some of the announced closures may carryover into 2020, which was the case with several closings announced in late 2018 such as Lowe’s, Sears and Kmart. Gap Inc. announced Feb. 28 it would close roughly 230 stores over two years. Some retailers also are opening new stores while closing locations including Bath & Body Works and Abercrombie & Fitch. 

GNC: 192 stores closed in first six months of year; up to 900 over the next three years.

Family Dollar: As many as 390 stores

Chico’s: 74, but 250 over the next three years.

Gap: Roughly 230 in next two years

Walgreens: 200

GameStop: 180 to 200 globally

Foot Locker: 165, total includes closings outside of the U.S.

Signet Jewelers: The parent company of Kay, Zales and Jared said it would close another 150 stores.

Pier 1 Imports: 57, but up to 145 could close.

Ascena Retail: 120

Destination Maternity: 117

Sears: 21 more stores will close in October; 72 stores closed earlier this year. More stores will close in December.

Party City: 55

Victoria’s Secret: 53

Vera Bradley: 50

Office Depot: 50

Kmart: Five more stores will close in October; 48 stores closed earlier this year. More stores will close in December

CVS: 46

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores: 45

The Children’s Place: Up to 45

Z Gallerie: 44

DKNY: 41

Stage Stores: 40 to 60

Bed Bath & Beyond: 40

Abercrombie & Fitch: 40

Francesca’s: At least 30 stores

Build-A-Bear: Up to 30 over two years

Williams-Sonoma: 30

J.C. Penney: 27

Bath & Body Works: 24

Southeastern Grocers: 22

Saks Off 5th: 20

Lowe’s: 20

J. Crew: 20

Barneys New York: 15

Macy’s: 8

Nordstrom: 7

Target: 6

J.Crew: 5

Kohl’s: 4

Whole Foods: 1

Calvin Klein: 1

Pottery Barn: 1

The Met Police have confirmed all of the victims in the Turnpike Lane triple stabbing are all young teenage boys.

The Met Police have confirmed all of the victims in the Turnpike Lane triple stabbing are all young teenage boys.

Two boys aged 16 and one boy aged 15 were all found with stab injuries on Langham Road on Sunday (September 22) afternoon.

They were all taken to hospital and are in a non-life threatening condition.

Two young suspects, also both aged 16, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and were taken into custody.

Officers rushed to Langham Road at 4pm on Sunday afternoon after receiving reports of a knife attack.

Two 16-year-old boys were arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. They have been taken into custody. A crime scene is in place while enquiries continue”.

Following the stabbing incident a Section 60 order was put in place, giving police extra stop and search powers, across West Green, Bruce Grove St Anne’s, Haringey, and Noel Park until  4am on Monday (September 23).

Police urge anyone with information about this incident, or information about someone you suspect to be carrying a weapon and you do not want to speak to police, to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website. It is 100 per cent anonymous.

 

A daylight robbery near Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre saw a 12-year-old mugged for cash by two older teens.

A daylight robbery near Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre saw a 12-year-old mugged for cash by two older teens.

According to a recent notice from Ealing OWL, the boy was robbed at around 4pm on Sunday (September 22) outside the shopping centre “at the bike racks near Tesco”.

The pair were able to make off with his cash but, after they attempted to force him to an ATM to withdraw more money, the child was able to get help from a member of the public, who chased the suspects off.

The victim’s mother told Ealing Owl: “After taking his cash, they walked him up the road with intention to take him to an ATM as he had a bank card.

“When he got to The Kings Arms on The Grove he ran in and started shouting. Clever boy.

“A customer chased them up the road towards the Post Office.”

The two robbers are thought to be aged about 17 to 19 years old and were riding electric scooters with their hoods up.

In response to the incident, the local policing team has advised parents to warn their children to be extra cautious.

They suggest that children hide their phone and iPods, and to carry “only one credit card associated with an account that has enough money for emergency and can be topped up daily or weekly”.