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Robbers try to throttle Mile End mugging victims

PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 05 October 2010

TWO muggers tried to strangle a man when they robbed him of his iPhone as he walked with a friend in Mile End on Saturday evening. The pair, a 24-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, were attacked as they walked along the Regent s Canal towpath just north

TWO muggers tried to strangle a man when they robbed him of his iPhone as he walked with a friend in Mile End on Saturday evening.

The pair, a 24-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, were attacked as they walked along the Regent's Canal towpath just north of Mile End Road at 7pm.

One of the robbers grabbed the 30-year-old's coat, demanding his property before turning his attention to the younger man when he stepped in to help his friend.

He threw him to the floor and started choking him while his accomplice went through his pockets and took his wallet and iPhone.

The pair then taunted their victims before running off north along the towpath.

Neither victim required hospital treatment, although the younger man had grazing to his neck and swelling to his face.

Police have described the suspects as two black men, aged 20-30, both wearing dark hooded tops. One was wearing dark bottoms and the other had a black hat.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to contact Det Con Kelly Spencer in the robbery squad on 020 8217 4162 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses can also email towerhamletsrobberysquad@met.police.uk

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