25/02/2011

Appeal Following Attempted Armed Robbery

Detectives from Trident have today issued an E-fit following an attempted armed robbery in Canning Town, east London on Monday 21 February.

Police were called at approximately 5.30pm following reports of shots fired at a woman sitting in her car on Ivy Road.

The 22-year-old woman, carrying a day's takings for a local company, was returning to her car after visiting an address on the street when she noticed a group of approximately 20 men hanging around the area.

As she continued getting into her car, two of the men, believed to be from the group, approached her vehicle. The woman managed to lock her car doors, preventing the men from gaining access to her vehicle. Both suspects then began banging on the glass windows, before suspect one discharged a shotgun at the woman through the car window.

The suspects, including the large group of men, then ran down the alley in Ivy Road which leads to Butchers Row.

The victim was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital with a small non-life-threatening wound to the back of the head. She has been discharged from hospital.

Both suspects are black men believed to be aged between 18 - 20 years old.

Suspect one was wearing a red and white scarf and a black hooded top.

Suspect two had a short afro-style hair cut and short facial hair. He was wearing a dark blue adidas tracksuit with light blue stripes.

Today detectives will be speaking to people in the area, handing out leaflets and putting up appeal posters.

The investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Steve Desmond, from Trident, said: "This is a very serious incident, where an innocent woman could have so easily lost her life over such a small amount of money. She was very fortunate not to have been injured more seriously, but the next person might not be so lucky. Therefore, I urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to police."

No arrests have been made at this time. Enquires are continuing.

(BMcN)

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