Brave moment good Samaritans tackle knife-wielding thugs who try to steal phone

This is the heart-stopping moment brave Londoners tackle two thugs who tried to snatch a phone from a City worker.

Members of the public were filmed helping to stop a pair of muggers fleeing when they saw the attempted robbery unfolded in Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street station on yesterday morning (Thursday, October 6).

Video taken by a bus passenger shows the two bandana-covered robbers getting on their bikes, two men jump in and drag one of them off the bike.

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They exchange blows while a woman carrying a blue backpack also helps to catch the robber.

The robber attacks in swiping motions and is seen passing a small knife to his accomplice, who stabs the woman in the arm.

As she walks away holding her arm up, a biker in red jacket comes to their aid and tackles one of the robbers to the floor.

A man in navy blazer also joins forces to stop the pair leaving the scene.

Toby Hamand, a software engineer who intervened the robbery, told the Guardian: "One of the guys [with a bandana] was trying to get on his bike – it might have been an electric one – and I kicked his wheels as he tried to leave and made it fall over because my thought process was to keep them there for the police to arrive.

"But then the second guy lifted his hand up to show me he had a knife.

"It was tiny – maybe not even the size of a pen knife – and he said something along the lines of 'f*** off' or 'step back' and they just left."

City of London Police have now appealed for witnesses to assist with the investigation.

Chief Superintendent Steve Heatley said in a statement on Thursday: "We received reports of three stabbings and a person pushed to the floor on Bishopsgate at 9.46am and officers arrived at the scene at 9.51am.

"Three victims were taken by London Ambulance Service to a nearby hospital to be treated; they do not have life-threatening injuries.

"Two suspects are being sought as part of the ongoing investigation related to an attempted phone theft and the incident is not being treated as terror-related."

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