People stand by as autistic teenage girl is beaten by robber

Attack on autistic teenager ignored - CCTV

The attack was captured on CCTV - scroll down to watch footage

The burn mark caused when her attacker ripped her bag from her

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People stood by as a teenager with autism was attacked by a robber.

CCTV has been released showing Alex Tree, 18, walking through the Billet Road roundabout underpass in Walthamstow at 2pm on Saturday and her attacker approaching from behind.

He then knocked Miss Tree to the ground as the man rode his bike into her several times and tried to grab her bag.

Miss Tree is particularly possessive of her bag and its contents due to her autism and refused to let go.

The attacker then started punching her in the head, causing her to bleed heavily from her ear.

He then got a spanner out of his pocket and threatened to hit Miss Tree with it before ripping her bag from her shoulder and fleeing the scene.

Miss Tree said there was a couple with a pram who just watched the attack.

The CCTV footage shows a man walking by while the attack was taking place and ignoring what was going on as he checked his phone.

Miss Tree made it to her grandparent’s house in Normanshire Drive, Chingford, and treated by paramedics.

She sustained extensive bruising and a burn mark to her neck where the attacker ripped her bag from her.

Miss Tree told her mother, Sarah Foley, ‘mummy, I hurt inside’ and vowed never to walk that route again.

Mrs Foley, 46, of Knebworth Avenue in Walthamstow, said she is appalled that passersby did nothing to help her daughter.

“There were other people there who did nothing. They could have scared him off or something but they just did nothing,” she said.

“She walked all the way back to my mum’s with blood pouring from her ear and nobody stopped to help her and this was in broad daylight.“

Miss Tree added: “This guy was just standing there watching while he just kept punching and punching me.

“They didn’t want to get involved in case they got hurt but I was on my own.

“It makes me feel very angry and anxious.

"I hope he pays for what he’s done because he’s hurt me very badly. I’m in pain outside and inside. “

The police have released CCTV footage of the incident in a public appeal to find the attacker.

Police describe the suspect as a white man aged between 22-26 years, approximately 5ft 11ins, of slim build and with short dark hair and a brown moustache.

He was riding a purple mountain bike with black handle bars and there was a white motif on the front of his grey tracksuit top. 

Watch CCTV footage of the robbery here:

 

Watch CCTV footage of the attacker here:

 

 

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9:25am Tue 15 Oct 13

Dennis R says...

On the one hand this is a pathetic indictment on today's society for not assisting the young woman; on the other hand it is an equal indictment that had someone had a go, THEY might have been arrested. The criminal justice system in Formerly Great Britain is just that: criminal!
On the one hand this is a pathetic indictment on today's society for not assisting the young woman; on the other hand it is an equal indictment that had someone had a go, THEY might have been arrested. The criminal justice system in Formerly Great Britain is just that: criminal! Dennis R
  • Score: 14

10:19am Tue 15 Oct 13

tillytrotter says...

oh my god chop his hands off when he is found how disgusting and the people that stood by watching how sad
oh my god chop his hands off when he is found how disgusting and the people that stood by watching how sad tillytrotter
  • Score: 13

10:21am Tue 15 Oct 13

Billy Yerache says...

Disgrace, these modern day highwaymen on bikes readily commit crimes, cry when arrested to the ever available teams of lawyers on hand to defend their inexcusable actions on legal aid to the detriment of the taxpayers, the, even if convicted, receive paltry sentences, if gaoled, they serve half and are soon free to go and repeat the offences. Whilst in gaol they are treated as 'the victim' sent on safaris, given colour TV's, game boys, Walkmans and psychologists to establish where the nasty society mistreated them which caused them to act in such a nasty way.

Like Dennis says above, when people do step in they end up getting arrested or even worse beaten up or maimed themselves.

And where are the police in all this? Tucked away in offices, studying for promotions and career development or 'team building' courses. Where are the Blunkett Bobbies, all hailed as the answer to relieve the regular officers from their red tape? They have discovered police vehicles and are now cooped up in these hiding as far away from the public as possible as well.

Meanwhile the vulnerable like Miss Tree are terrified to go out through fear which is just a terrible existence.
Disgrace, these modern day highwaymen on bikes readily commit crimes, cry when arrested to the ever available teams of lawyers on hand to defend their inexcusable actions on legal aid to the detriment of the taxpayers, the, even if convicted, receive paltry sentences, if gaoled, they serve half and are soon free to go and repeat the offences. Whilst in gaol they are treated as 'the victim' sent on safaris, given colour TV's, game boys, Walkmans and psychologists to establish where the nasty society mistreated them which caused them to act in such a nasty way. Like Dennis says above, when people do step in they end up getting arrested or even worse beaten up or maimed themselves. And where are the police in all this? Tucked away in offices, studying for promotions and career development or 'team building' courses. Where are the Blunkett Bobbies, all hailed as the answer to relieve the regular officers from their red tape? They have discovered police vehicles and are now cooped up in these hiding as far away from the public as possible as well. Meanwhile the vulnerable like Miss Tree are terrified to go out through fear which is just a terrible existence. Billy Yerache
  • Score: 13

1:33pm Tue 15 Oct 13

G_Whiz says...

Yep, The police would have been quite happy to slap the cuffs on you if you stepped in and had hurt the poor misunderstood mugger.

I would like to say this was shocking - but really, i expect this in Walthamstow these days.

Why can't the police just admit they can't cope at the moment? 70% of crimes don't even get investigated! This would then put pressure on government to change things.

I bet the liberals and 'big brother watch' were gutted that his human rights may have been breached when he was caught on CCTV!
Yep, The police would have been quite happy to slap the cuffs on you if you stepped in and had hurt the poor misunderstood mugger. I would like to say this was shocking - but really, i expect this in Walthamstow these days. Why can't the police just admit they can't cope at the moment? 70% of crimes don't even get investigated! This would then put pressure on government to change things. I bet the liberals and 'big brother watch' were gutted that his human rights may have been breached when he was caught on CCTV! G_Whiz
  • Score: 10

2:49pm Tue 15 Oct 13

LakeBreeze says...

Absolutely despicable, a heartless thug targeting and attacking a clearly vulnerable young women. The prolonged and repeated nature is particularly sickening, as he had time to see that she was not managing to defend herself like some might be capable of. Even sadder are the witnessing who did nothing. I recently reported a man attacking his girlfriend in a public place; he came over and acted threateningly to me even but I wasn't going to stand there and see that without calling the police, who made it a "blue light" call and were on the scene shortly after my call.

People, even if all you do is get your phone out and call, and you can't physically intervene as I could not, the call will get them out. CALL the police the moment you see anything like this. It's not always a lost cause.
Absolutely despicable, a heartless thug targeting and attacking a clearly vulnerable young women. The prolonged and repeated nature is particularly sickening, as he had time to see that she was not managing to defend herself like some might be capable of. Even sadder are the witnessing who did nothing. I recently reported a man attacking his girlfriend in a public place; he came over and acted threateningly to me even but I wasn't going to stand there and see that without calling the police, who made it a "blue light" call and were on the scene shortly after my call. People, even if all you do is get your phone out and call, and you can't physically intervene as I could not, the call will get them out. CALL the police the moment you see anything like this. It's not always a lost cause. LakeBreeze
  • Score: 13

3:16pm Tue 15 Oct 13

topnote says...

Did the CCTV room staff the police or were they too busy trying to catch motorists stopping in yellow boxes etc
Did the CCTV room staff the police or were they too busy trying to catch motorists stopping in yellow boxes etc topnote
  • Score: 10

3:17pm Tue 15 Oct 13

topnote says...

The previous comment should have stated did the CCTV staff call the police
The previous comment should have stated did the CCTV staff call the police topnote
  • Score: 1

1:34pm Wed 16 Oct 13

G_Whiz says...

topnote wrote:
Did the CCTV room staff the police or were they too busy trying to catch motorists stopping in yellow boxes etc
Most CCTV is not watched 24-7. Just recorded and reviewed if an incident occurs.
[quote][p][bold]topnote[/bold] wrote: Did the CCTV room staff the police or were they too busy trying to catch motorists stopping in yellow boxes etc[/p][/quote]Most CCTV is not watched 24-7. Just recorded and reviewed if an incident occurs. G_Whiz
  • Score: 2

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