Dog walker punched in the face by would-be phone robbers

Dog walker punched in the face by would-be phone robbers

Dog walker punched in the face by would-be phone robbers

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A 57-year-old man was assaulted during an attempted robbery as he was walking his dog in South Oxhey this week.

At around 8.45pm on Tuesday, the victim was walking along the footpath which runs between Highlands and Hayling Road, adjacent to the car park of the pavilion pub, when he was approached by two men.

Hertfordshire Constabulary said one of the men asked the victim for his phone and punched him in the eye when he refused to hand it over.

The criminals then ran off towards Hayling Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information.

One man is described as a white male of 5ft 8/9ins tall who was of a slim build. He was wearing a grey hooded top which was tied tight around the face, blue jeans and white trainers.

The second is described as a white man of slim build and around 5ft 6ins tall. He was wearing a dark hooded top, blue jeans and trainers.

Anyone with information about the crime or the two men is asked to contact call the police on 101 quoting crime reference number C3/14/319 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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12:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

D_Penn says...

This kind of robbery with violence is becoming all too common across the country.

It's time to bring in some draconian sentencing to act as a deterrent or, failing that, it would at least put violent villains such as these securely out of harms way for a very long time and make everyone feel a lot safer.

A mandatory 25 year sentence when thugs like these are caught would probably see this crime almost disappear from the streets of Britain.
This kind of robbery with violence is becoming all too common across the country. It's time to bring in some draconian sentencing to act as a deterrent or, failing that, it would at least put violent villains such as these securely out of harms way for a very long time and make everyone feel a lot safer. A mandatory 25 year sentence when thugs like these are caught would probably see this crime almost disappear from the streets of Britain. D_Penn
  • Score: 10

3:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

CaptainPC says...

D_Penn wrote:
This kind of robbery with violence is becoming all too common across the country.

It's time to bring in some draconian sentencing to act as a deterrent or, failing that, it would at least put violent villains such as these securely out of harms way for a very long time and make everyone feel a lot safer.

A mandatory 25 year sentence when thugs like these are caught would probably see this crime almost disappear from the streets of Britain.
What if they were foreign?
[quote][p][bold]D_Penn[/bold] wrote: This kind of robbery with violence is becoming all too common across the country. It's time to bring in some draconian sentencing to act as a deterrent or, failing that, it would at least put violent villains such as these securely out of harms way for a very long time and make everyone feel a lot safer. A mandatory 25 year sentence when thugs like these are caught would probably see this crime almost disappear from the streets of Britain.[/p][/quote]What if they were foreign? CaptainPC
  • Score: -3

4:37pm Thu 27 Mar 14

D_Penn says...

CaptainPC wrote: "What if they were foreign?"

I suspect from your past posts that you're being facetious, but I'll answer anyway.

A criminal is a criminal wherever they come from, it should make no difference to the sentence.

However, there should be the option of the criminal being able to serve the sentence in their home country on the condition that the country agree to make him serve the full sentence.

In any case, the criminal should be immediately deported to his home country when he's completed his sentence unless there are special circumstances which would make such deportation clearly unjust.
CaptainPC wrote: "What if they were foreign?" I suspect from your past posts that you're being facetious, but I'll answer anyway. A criminal is a criminal wherever they come from, it should make no difference to the sentence. However, there should be the option of the criminal being able to serve the sentence in their home country on the condition that the country agree to make him serve the full sentence. In any case, the criminal should be immediately deported to his home country when he's completed his sentence unless there are special circumstances which would make such deportation clearly unjust. D_Penn
  • Score: 4

9:30am Fri 28 Mar 14

Mike Ribble says...

Long prison sentences are a deterrent only when the chance of being caught is high. Most criminals expect to 'get away with it' and police clear up rates tend to support their optimism. So increasing the number of crimes detected would be the place to start.
Long prison sentences are a deterrent only when the chance of being caught is high. Most criminals expect to 'get away with it' and police clear up rates tend to support their optimism. So increasing the number of crimes detected would be the place to start. Mike Ribble
  • Score: 1

11:06am Fri 28 Mar 14

D_Penn says...

Mike Ribble wrote:
Long prison sentences are a deterrent only when the chance of being caught is high. Most criminals expect to 'get away with it' and police clear up rates tend to support their optimism. So increasing the number of crimes detected would be the place to start.
Very true.

However, long prison sentences have an additional benefit. Recidivism is rife and police spend a lot of time trying to catch reoffenders. If these villains were not allowed back on the streets so readily, the amount of crime would decrease giving the police more time to work on catching new offenders instead of chasing the old ones!

As we know, many crimes are not investigated these days because the chances of catching the criminal is considered too low, and resources are limited. Long sentencing would increase resources meaning over time more and more criminals would be caught. Gradually the tide would turn and the persistent miscreants would discover to their cost that crime does not pay.

It really is time to end the failed soft-sentencing experiment that has not reduced crime as it was supposed to and instead, has turned communities across Britain into good hunting grounds for criminals and chancers who no longer fear the law.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Ribble[/bold] wrote: Long prison sentences are a deterrent only when the chance of being caught is high. Most criminals expect to 'get away with it' and police clear up rates tend to support their optimism. So increasing the number of crimes detected would be the place to start.[/p][/quote]Very true. However, long prison sentences have an additional benefit. Recidivism is rife and police spend a lot of time trying to catch reoffenders. If these villains were not allowed back on the streets so readily, the amount of crime would decrease giving the police more time to work on catching new offenders instead of chasing the old ones! As we know, many crimes are not investigated these days because the chances of catching the criminal is considered too low, and resources are limited. Long sentencing would increase resources meaning over time more and more criminals would be caught. Gradually the tide would turn and the persistent miscreants would discover to their cost that crime does not pay. It really is time to end the failed soft-sentencing experiment that has not reduced crime as it was supposed to and instead, has turned communities across Britain into good hunting grounds for criminals and chancers who no longer fear the law. D_Penn
  • Score: 0

11:14am Fri 28 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

D_Penn wrote:
CaptainPC wrote: "What if they were foreign?"

I suspect from your past posts that you're being facetious, but I'll answer anyway.

A criminal is a criminal wherever they come from, it should make no difference to the sentence.

However, there should be the option of the criminal being able to serve the sentence in their home country on the condition that the country agree to make him serve the full sentence.

In any case, the criminal should be immediately deported to his home country when he's completed his sentence unless there are special circumstances which would make such deportation clearly unjust.
How about deporting foreigners before they commit a crime, that way the crime isn't committed and the justice system isn't overloaded.
[quote][p][bold]D_Penn[/bold] wrote: CaptainPC wrote: "What if they were foreign?" I suspect from your past posts that you're being facetious, but I'll answer anyway. A criminal is a criminal wherever they come from, it should make no difference to the sentence. However, there should be the option of the criminal being able to serve the sentence in their home country on the condition that the country agree to make him serve the full sentence. In any case, the criminal should be immediately deported to his home country when he's completed his sentence unless there are special circumstances which would make such deportation clearly unjust.[/p][/quote]How about deporting foreigners before they commit a crime, that way the crime isn't committed and the justice system isn't overloaded. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -1

1:17pm Fri 28 Mar 14

CaptainPC says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
D_Penn wrote:
CaptainPC wrote: "What if they were foreign?"

I suspect from your past posts that you're being facetious, but I'll answer anyway.

A criminal is a criminal wherever they come from, it should make no difference to the sentence.


However, there should be the option of the criminal being able to serve the sentence in their home country on the condition that the country agree to make him serve the full sentence.

In any case, the criminal should be immediately deported to his home country when he's completed his sentence unless there are special circumstances which would make such deportation clearly unjust.
How about deporting foreigners before they commit a crime, that way the crime isn't committed and the justice system isn't overloaded.
Yes, that's a good idea. Let's round up all the foreigners and put them in internment camps.
I only hope we can have a reciprication around the world so all the irritating morons who go on Sun reading, sausage eating, sojourns in the South of Europe aren't allowed back. Also the despicable Middle Class bores who "travel" on gap years of poverty ****.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D_Penn[/bold] wrote: CaptainPC wrote: "What if they were foreign?" I suspect from your past posts that you're being facetious, but I'll answer anyway. A criminal is a criminal wherever they come from, it should make no difference to the sentence. However, there should be the option of the criminal being able to serve the sentence in their home country on the condition that the country agree to make him serve the full sentence. In any case, the criminal should be immediately deported to his home country when he's completed his sentence unless there are special circumstances which would make such deportation clearly unjust.[/p][/quote]How about deporting foreigners before they commit a crime, that way the crime isn't committed and the justice system isn't overloaded.[/p][/quote]Yes, that's a good idea. Let's round up all the foreigners and put them in internment camps. I only hope we can have a reciprication around the world so all the irritating morons who go on Sun reading, sausage eating, sojourns in the South of Europe aren't allowed back. Also the despicable Middle Class bores who "travel" on gap years of poverty ****. CaptainPC
  • Score: -2

2:16pm Fri 28 Mar 14

D_Penn says...

Harry's Bar wrote : "How about deporting foreigners before they commit a crime, that way the crime isn't committed and the justice system isn't overloaded."

I have to question whether you are being serious.

Anyone foreign living legally in Britain is perfectly entitled to be here. You cannot be suggesting that you deport someone just in case they commit a crime? That would clearly be ridiculous.

I can only think you are referring to people who are living in Britain illegally. Since they are deported if discovered anyway, the question of whether they are potential criminals or not does not arise.
Harry's Bar wrote : "How about deporting foreigners before they commit a crime, that way the crime isn't committed and the justice system isn't overloaded." I have to question whether you are being serious. Anyone foreign living legally in Britain is perfectly entitled to be here. You cannot be suggesting that you deport someone just in case they commit a crime? That would clearly be ridiculous. I can only think you are referring to people who are living in Britain illegally. Since they are deported if discovered anyway, the question of whether they are potential criminals or not does not arise. D_Penn
  • Score: 1

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