Detectives are pleading with Asian women to cover gold chains and necklaces after a spate of robberies in London.

Harrow’s deputy borough commander, Detective Superintendent Neil Wilson, said that more than 20 incidents where chains had been snatched from the neck of women had been reported in the last three months.

Yesterday at around 3.30pm, two men targeted a 40-year-old woman in Turner Road and grabbed her necklace, before driving away in a silver Vauxhall hatchback.

The suspects are described as an Asian man and a black man, both in their 20s.

D Supt Wilson said people with jewellery should take photos of it and keep it covered so thieves could not see it.

He added: “We have seen an increase in chain snatches in recent weeks. There have been 23 reported to us in the past 3 months. “Typically Asian women who wear chains are being targeted by street robbers"

By David Hardiman »