Brave boy, 8, fights off moped thief who held knife to his throat through car window

A brave 8-year-old boy fought off a moped thief who held a knife to his throat during a car window.

The boy was sitting in a car traffic jam in Croydon with his dad after returning from a day at the beach when an armed thief approached the car with a “large knife”.

MyLondon reported the moped thief then held the knife against the boy’s neck through an open car window on Friday, July 8, between 5pm and 6pm.

The schoolboy bravely fighting off the robber for long enough for his 36-year-old dad to drive along the pavement to get away.

The father and son were travelling back from Kent and didn’t see the criminal, who was wearing a motorcycle helmet, approach the passenger side window.

Once the attacker put the blade to the eight-year-old’s throat he demanded the dad hand over his watch.

But the courageous child pushed the knife away and briefly tussled with the thief.

As he pushed the knife away, his dad drove off, smashing into cars along the pavement to escape the armed robbery.

The shocked family reported the incident to police and it is now being investigated by detectives. There were reportedly witnesses who might be able to help travelling on a 196 bus.

Detectives are working hard to identify the man who attempted the robbery and have asked for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Jennifer O’Neill said: “This was an extremely frightening ordeal for the victim and his young son.

“My team and I are determined to bring the person responsible to justice and we are carrying out a number of enquiries.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about the incident to contact us as a matter of urgency. If you were in the area at the time, please review your dash cam footage.

“Any information you have, no matter how small you think it is, could be vital in helping us to remove a dangerous man from the streets of London and get justice for the man and his young son.”