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CCTV shows moped-riding robber in camera theft bid

Footage showing a moped-riding robber kick a man in the face and drag him along a street while trying to steal his camera has been released by police.

The victim - a 20-year-old architecture student - was taken to hospital for emergency dental treatment .

He had been taking photographs in East India Dock Road in Tower Hamlets, east London, when he was attacked at round 1.45pm on December 23.

The CCTV shows the attacker try to take the camera and, when the victim refuses to hand it over, pull him to the floor and kick him repeatedly in the face before jumping on a moped ridden by another person.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Someone shouted at him to look out for a moped and, moments later, the passenger on the bike got off, jumped over nearby railings and grabbed the victim's camera.

"Refusing to let go, the suspect kicked the victim several times and tried to steal his photographic equipment."

Footage from the road shows the attacker and the rider of the white moped.

The first is described as wearing dark motorcycle equipment and a black crash helmet, and the second is described as wearing a red jacket, dark trousers and a black helmet.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tower Hamlets CID on 101 quoting reference number 198758 (suspect 1) or 198759 (suspect 2), or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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