Phone stolen from my hand last night just outside Bermondsey hotel in Bermondsey square walking from Bermondsey street across the square towards Tower Bridge road. About 15 young lads on bikes, circled me before ripping it from my hand. Happened about 8:20pm last night on my usual walk home. Reported it to police not long after it happened.
What a frightening experience, you must be quite shaken and it must be worrying to walk that route now and risk encountering those feral kids again... I wonder if they are the same ones causing havoc on the roads in the area...
They were pedal bikes and I do think this was the same group with the fireworks. Actually think I have seen one of the group since, again cycling outside Bermondsey Hotel, so I would avoid walking through the square if you are walking alone.
Thank you all for the concern, I am okay, just annoying to have to get a replacement - did not realise how much I use my phone!
Hello, I am a student journalist and as part of my course I have to find news stories from the London Bridge/Bermondsey area. I'm sorry to hear about your phone. If you, or anyone else on this thread, or anyone else that you know, would be willing to share your views with me on these "young lads on bikes" (as it seems to be a problem in this area), please let me know. It would help me a lot and I would greatly appreciate it. If you are interested you can email me - [email protected]y.ac.uk
Thank you very much.
I had my phone snatched by a boy on a moped at St Georges Circus in September, and know exactly how frustrating it is. Annoying when the turned on the phone, Find My iPhone showed that my phone was last seen in the estate on Druid Street not far from me. I went to have a poke round and obviously found nothing but did bump into another girl who had had exactly the same thing happen a few weeks prior.
I reported it to the police, and they seem to know the group behind it, but they seem somehow to keep at it.
It's a real catch 22 as I used to feel safer walking home in the evening while messaging/chatting to a friend, but now I'm so aware not to have my phone out at all!
Really depressing state of affairs.
My offspring said if any muggers took my mobile they'd sneer and hand it back...its humble old Nokia ...perhaps these expensive phones that are so expensive , hundreds of pounds justify the muggers mugging? I know you should be entitled to walk where you are carrying the Crown Jewels..but it's not Kansas...as Dorothy said.