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Police appealing for help in identifying named suspect in robbery investigation

News   •   Aug 29, 2019 05:00 BST

[Wanted: Christopher Griffiths]

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a named suspect in a robbery investigation.

Detectives have named Christopher Griffiths, 41 (14.03.78), from Hackney, as one of the two suspects believed to have posed as plain clothes police officers to steal from victims.

It was reported by a man in his 60s that he had been approached by two men in London Fields at around 00:45hrs on Sunday, 7 April.

The men told the victim they were plain clothes police officers and showed him a form of ID before carrying out a search.

They then told him they needed to see ID, and as he didn't have any in his possession, would need to go back to his address to collect it. Once at the address the suspects stole a number of items and money belonging to the victim and fled the scene.

Griffiths is also suspected of taking part in a second robbery a few days earlier. Police were called at around 23:30hrs on Friday, 5 April to reports that a man had been robbed.

The victim, aged in his 50s, alleged that two men had approached him on Bethnal Green Road in Tower Hamlets and told him they were undercover police officers, as well as flashing badges. They then stole a quantity of money from the victim before fleeing the scene.

Detectives from the Met's Central East CID are leading an investigation and have linked the two incidents.

Alongside Griffiths was a second suspect who detectives have not yet identified. He is described as a white man wearing a cap and glasses with a rucksack on his back.

Detective Constable Alex Heaton, said: “Our enquiries have led us to identify Christopher Griffiths as one of the two suspects. We now believe he’s gone to ground and appeal directly to anyone who knows him to do the right thing and let us know of his whereabouts.

“These robberies were cruel and deceiving and we ask that those who see Griffiths to call us straight away. Also, if you believe you know who the second suspect may be, please get in touch.

“We’re also asking anyone who believes they may have been victim of a similar theft to come forward.

"If you are approached by someone claiming to be a police officer and you are not sure if they are genuine or not, you can ring 101 and ask them to confirm their details.

"No undercover officer will ask you for bank details, nor should you ever give your PIN to anyone you don't know."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 with reference 7910/05APR.

To remain anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.