Police appeal to trace couple who foiled alleyway attack on schoolboy
Police are appealing for help tracing a couple who interrupted an attempted attack on a schoolboy in Thornton Heath.
The 11-year-old was on his way home from school on Monday, September 9, when he was approached by an older boy in Beulah Road.
The boy aged approximately 16, who is described as black and wearing a black puffa jacket, showed the 11-year-old a knife and made him walk down an alleyway called Sandfield Passage, which runs between Bensham Grove and Parchmore Road.
Police are investigating whether the 16-year-old may have attempted to assault the younger boy, but was disturbed by a couple who came into the alleyway.
The couple have been described as a black woman, aged in her 20s and a black man, aged in his 30s. They entered the alleyway from the Parchmore Road end at about 6pm.
Officers say the boy ran off towards Bensham Grove after being challenged by the man.
DI Michael Murfin from the Met's Sapphire team, said: "We really want to speak to this couple as they are important witnesses to this attempted attack. If this was you, or you know who it was, then please do contact my officers.
"Their intervention may have stopped something worse from happening to an 11 year old boy, and for that I would like to thank them."
Anyone who was in or around Beulah Road between 5pm and 6pm on September 9 that may have seen the suspect should contact police on 0208 721 4106 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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