A MAN was assaulted and robbed after making his weekly trip to buy a newspaper.
On Sunday last week, Bhajan Mattu, from Ruislip, travelled on the 282 bus from Greenford, a journey he regularly makes.
But before he got on to the bus that day, he struck up a conversation with a young man, who asked him several questions on what bus he needed to take.
The man eventually go on to the same bus as Mr Mattu, and when the 59-year-old got off in Field End Road, he was followed by the man who attacked him and stole the gold chain he was wearing (pictured).
Mr Mattu believes the chain to be worth about £6,000. It was a present he had been wearing for 18 years.
After the assault, Mr Mattu said he was shaking too much to do anything and was taken home by witnesses after they had tried to chase down his attacker.
Mr Mattu’s son, Ragveer, contacted the Gazette as he was worried about his father who had been left ‘shaky and frightened’ and too scared to make the trip any more.
“After he stole the chain, the guy said to my father: ‘I’ve got what I came for’.
“People like my father are very easy targets because he is quite ill.
“His little bus rides cheered him up, but now he won’t be able to do that.”
During the attack, Mr Mattu fell to the ground and has been left with a bump to the side of his head.
Police are appealing for information about the assault, which took place at 4pm on Sunday, August 19, in Boleyn Drive.
The attacker is described as black and aged between 18 and 20. He was wearing a black body warmer, dark jeans, a white top and possibly a white baseball cap.
Police urge anyone who may have seen, heard or know anything in relation to this incident to call 020 8246 1568.