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Mugger victim faced fire threat from attackers

PUBLISHED: 18:52 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

POLICE are hunting thugs sprayed lighter fluid onto a woman and threatened to set her on fire in a vicious daylight robbery.

One of the thugs warned her: “I’ve poured lighter fluid on you.

“Give me your money or I’ll set you on fire.“

Victoria Huntley

POLICE are hunting thugs sprayed lighter fluid onto a woman and threatened to set her on fire in a vicious daylight robbery.

One of the thugs warned her: "I've poured lighter fluid on you.

"Give me your money or I'll set you on fire."

But the plucky woman fought back, hitting the two youths confronting her with a newspaper.

Then she chased after them to get back the bag they snatched, despite being doused in deadly flammable liquid.

The youths approached the 25-year-old woman walking through Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End in East London around 4pm last Thursday (July 17).

She tried to get past, but was stopped by the yobs both flicking cigarette lighters and threatening to set her alight unless she handed over her cash.

She took a swipe at them with her newspaper to try and stop them robbing her.

But the thugs managed to snatch her bag from her shoulder, before running off along Bow Common-lane. They took out her wallet and her diary as they fled.

The have-a-go victim didn't give up. Instead, she slipped off her shoes and ran after the thugs, despite the threat of being set alight, and bravely managed to grab her bag back.

But her attackers kept running and she lost them nearby. They escaped with £40, credit cards, driving license and other personal documents.

Police are looking for two youths, both described as Asian, one about 18, around 5ft 11ins tall, the other is around 5ft 4ins tall, chubby build, who was wearing dark blue jeans and a dark top with light-coloured sleeves.

They are urging anyone with information to contact Pc Helen Middleton in the Robbery Squad on 020-8217 3838, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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