Shopping trolley assault in Erith sparks police appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:59 18 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:59 18 September 2014


Officers are trying to trace three people after a 12-year-old boy was injured by a flying shopping trolley.

At around 11am on August 23 a shopping trolley was thrown off a walkway, striking the victim on the back and causing him to collapse.

He had been walking along Wolvercote Road with his friend, and as they passed the bus stop on Yarnton Way the trolley was thrown.

The victim was taken to a South London hospital suffering from a badly bruised back and concussion.

A man and woman, both white, were seen to be arguing near to where the trolley was thrown around the time of the incident and officers would like to speak with them in connection with the investigation.

Officers would also like to speak to a man who pulled up in his car to give the 12-year-old boy first aid and stayed with him until the ambulance arrived.

PC Chris Molnar, Thamesmead East’s dedicated ward officer, said: “If he was half a second slower the trolley would have hit him on the head causing severe injuries, or even killing him.

“We are aware that there were people in the football court and on the pavement at the time of the incident. I need these potential witnesses to come forward and assist us.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact officers on at Bexley Police on 020 8721 2049 or via email

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