Actress Amanda Holden has shared shocking footage of a woman and young child fighting off a moped gang who attempted to rob them in broad daylight.
The actress asked her followers to contact the police if they could identify the “scumbags” who targeted the woman last week in Richmond, south west London.
Holden wrote: “So this I know is happening everywhere but this was Sandpits Road Tw10 -21st June 12:35 broad daylight. Mother and child attached. And some #Heroes in a lorry chased them off. Call 101 or 999 if u know these scumbags..”
The video, which appears to have been captured on CCTV, shows four men on a black moped and motorbike, all dressed in black and wearing motorbike helmets.
While two of the men drive down a side street, the remaining two approach the mother and young child who are crossing the street, hand-in-hand.
One of the men makes a grab towards the woman, who instantly pulls her child to safety, swinging the infant into her arms and running across the busy road to escape the men.
The two men then retreat, running away, as a black car and red lorry both stop in the road.
As the distressed woman waits on the pavement, four builders quickly jump out, with one grabbing scaffolding from the back of his lorry, and they all chase after the men on foot.
Confirming that the attempted robbery was being investigated, a police spokesman said: “Police were called at 12:35hrs on Thursday, 21 June to Sandpits Road in Petersham after a woman was approached by four men on a black moped and motorbike who demanded her jewellery.
“They threatened her and a young child who was with her. No injuries were reported.
“No weapon was seen, although it was intimated.
“Members of the public went to the woman’s assistance and the suspects fled empty-handed.”
The two-minute video, which has now been viewed over 120,000 times, was also shared by Piers Morgan.
The presenter retweeted Holden’s post, saying the attempted robbery was “disgusting” and calling the perpetrators “snivelling cowards” and asked people to call the police if they knew the men’s identities.
Earlier this month, police confirmed that more than 60 crimes using mopeds or motorbikes were carried out every day in London on average over the past year.
The figure was announced just days after comedian Michael McIntrye was held up by hammer-wielding moped robbers in Hampstead, in north London.
Police have asked anyone with information to call them on 101 or to contact them anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.