UPDATE: Police advice after last Thursday's 'violent mugging' in Bromley

This Is Local London: The mugging was filmed in Bromley High Street last Thursday The mugging was filmed in Bromley High Street last Thursday

A woman was 'violently mugged' in Bromley town centre last Thursday, while around 40 bystanders stared and did nothing.

Little did they know the incident was part of an experiment set up by makers of a Channel 5 documentary, and the victim and mugger were both actors.

They acted out the bag snatching in Bromley High Street to see how members of the public would react when faced with a street mugging.

But while around 40 people witnessed the crime, only one man rushed to intervene.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Furphy of Bromley police said: "We were aware in advance that this 'experiment' was being filmed and taking place in Bromley.

"Fortunately this type of incident is extremely rare in Bromley town centre and it's probably because of this that it was such a shock to those who witnessed it taking place.

"While the actions of the man who intervened were highly commendable, we wouldn't normally recommend members of the public intervene in this way if they're witness to a genuine robbery.

"The best thing to do is to call 999 immediately, taking note of the suspect's description - clothing, height, hair colour or any distinguishing features and wait for police to arrive."

The experiment featured on last night's Law and Disorder: Catching Criminals Live, 10pm on Channel 5.

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4:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

molsey says...

It was me, but I wish to remain anonymous.
It was me, but I wish to remain anonymous. molsey
  • Score: 2

5:05pm Mon 7 Apr 14

goldenbroomboy says...

This did not look very convincing, so it's quite possible that at least some bystanders did recognise it as a stunt.
This did not look very convincing, so it's quite possible that at least some bystanders did recognise it as a stunt. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 20

5:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

cookster says...

They should have popped into the Churchill if they wanted some proper actors.
They should have popped into the Churchill if they wanted some proper actors. cookster
  • Score: 33

5:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

cherithporter says...

How appalling!
How appalling! cherithporter
  • Score: -7

7:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

Turn the bloody TV off. This is nothing more than stirring the sheep up.
Turn the bloody TV off. This is nothing more than stirring the sheep up. white rabbit9
  • Score: -19

9:16pm Mon 7 Apr 14

deco says...

With the way thugs all go round with knives now days, if you tried to help someone, you could end up dead yourself.
With the way thugs all go round with knives now days, if you tried to help someone, you could end up dead yourself. deco
  • Score: 25

9:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

peaceman99 says...

I was threatened by a guy with a broken bottle on a crowded station platform in SE London. When I looked around everyone else on the platform had disappeared to the other end! Thankfully I was able to talk the guy out of cutting me and walk away.
I was threatened by a guy with a broken bottle on a crowded station platform in SE London. When I looked around everyone else on the platform had disappeared to the other end! Thankfully I was able to talk the guy out of cutting me and walk away. peaceman99
  • Score: 18

7:06am Tue 8 Apr 14

SidcupResident says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Turn the bloody TV off. This is nothing more than stirring the sheep up.
Exactly. There's nothing but rubbish on tv now.

I stopped paying my tv license long ago, and now just watch online content like iPlayer if I have to. I recommend others doing the same.

http://www.tvlicensi
ng.co.uk/check-if-yo
u-need-one/topics/tv
-licence-refunds-top
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[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: Turn the bloody TV off. This is nothing more than stirring the sheep up.[/p][/quote]Exactly. There's nothing but rubbish on tv now. I stopped paying my tv license long ago, and now just watch online content like iPlayer if I have to. I recommend others doing the same. http://www.tvlicensi ng.co.uk/check-if-yo u-need-one/topics/tv -licence-refunds-top 7/ SidcupResident
  • Score: -28

11:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

Make Life says...

It looks stagged and fake. If your going to mug someone then you dont shout at them, go face to face and stay with them for a long period of time. You grab and go.
It looks stagged and fake. If your going to mug someone then you dont shout at them, go face to face and stay with them for a long period of time. You grab and go. Make Life
  • Score: 13

1:50am Wed 9 Apr 14

Harold_Monk says...

"Grumpy cow"?. This guy's so street tough. lol
"Grumpy cow"?. This guy's so street tough. lol Harold_Monk
  • Score: 9

3:48pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Slonik says...

I dare say the bystanders were transfixed by the poor acting. As others have said, there's no way this would have looked like a real mugging so this sort of thing proves little about how people would act under those circumstances. What's more, staged events like this might just backfire if, for example, someone vulnerable was badly shocked or decided to get involved and suffered a heart attack in the process. Irresponsible I reckon.
I dare say the bystanders were transfixed by the poor acting. As others have said, there's no way this would have looked like a real mugging so this sort of thing proves little about how people would act under those circumstances. What's more, staged events like this might just backfire if, for example, someone vulnerable was badly shocked or decided to get involved and suffered a heart attack in the process. Irresponsible I reckon. Slonik
  • Score: 7

4:02am Thu 10 Apr 14

HearTheFacts says...

Police advice is rubbish, what if the local police are dealing with road tax?. Now thats a No1 crime, someone being mugged the police may have to do some work!.
Police advice is rubbish, what if the local police are dealing with road tax?. Now thats a No1 crime, someone being mugged the police may have to do some work!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 12

3:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ความจริง says...

peaceman99 wrote:
I was threatened by a guy with a broken bottle on a crowded station platform in SE London. When I looked around everyone else on the platform had disappeared to the other end! Thankfully I was able to talk the guy out of cutting me and walk away.
You should've shoved the bottle up into his throat, he wouldn't have done it again..........
[quote][p][bold]peaceman99[/bold] wrote: I was threatened by a guy with a broken bottle on a crowded station platform in SE London. When I looked around everyone else on the platform had disappeared to the other end! Thankfully I was able to talk the guy out of cutting me and walk away.[/p][/quote]You should've shoved the bottle up into his throat, he wouldn't have done it again.......... ความจริง
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Sun 20 Apr 14

G_Whiz says...

deco wrote:
With the way thugs all go round with knives now days, if you tried to help someone, you could end up dead yourself.
You would also get arrested if you hurt the poor mugger!
[quote][p][bold]deco[/bold] wrote: With the way thugs all go round with knives now days, if you tried to help someone, you could end up dead yourself.[/p][/quote]You would also get arrested if you hurt the poor mugger! G_Whiz
  • Score: 11

7:07pm Sun 20 Apr 14

G_Whiz says...

Make Life wrote:
It looks stagged and fake. If your going to mug someone then you dont shout at them, go face to face and stay with them for a long period of time. You grab and go.
He doesn't even look like a mugger!
[quote][p][bold]Make Life[/bold] wrote: It looks stagged and fake. If your going to mug someone then you dont shout at them, go face to face and stay with them for a long period of time. You grab and go.[/p][/quote]He doesn't even look like a mugger! G_Whiz
  • Score: 6

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