Man’s skull fractured in ‘terrifying’ £6k Rolex robbery in Balham

The assault took place on Hydethorpe Road (pictured)   (GoogleMaps)
The assault took place on Hydethorpe Road (pictured) (GoogleMaps)

A man had his skull fractured during a “terrifying” watch robbery in Balham.

The victim, 37, was walking along Hydethorpe Road when a male accosted him from behind, about 11pm on Thursday, February 24.

The suspect struck him on the head with a weapon several times before snatching a Rolex worth £6,000 from his wrist.

The victim spent several days in hospital having suffered a fractured skill and lacerations to his head and face.

The suspect was wearing dark clothing with a face covering during the assault. He is believed to have been riding a pedal cycle with a flashing light on the front, and is described as having a south London accent.

Detective Vicky Allen said: “This was a terrifying and violent attack and it is only through luck that the victim did not sustain more serious injuries.

“We are doing everything we can to identify this individual and take him off our streets. We would urge anyone who has any information to come forward as soon as possible by calling 101 with CAD 7919/24FEB."

You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.