Terrifying moment masked knifemen raid car in East Finchley in violent robbery

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This was the terrifying moment a group of masked knifemen raided a car while it was pulled over in a north London side street.

Two men – aged 21 and 26 – were sat in the vehicle in Long Lane, East Finchley, when the gang suddenly surrounded them on all sides and robbed them.

The six attackers, wearing balaclavas and armed with blades, can be seen sprinting towards the parked car and pulling the doors open.

They then assault the men inside for about 30 seconds before a passing car lights up the street and they decide to run.

Raid: the six attackers targeted the car in Long Lane near the junction with Trinity Road (Met police)

The group stole a Rolex watch and wallet, according to police. As they fled, a harmful substance was sprayed at the victims.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene and the victims were treated for bruising and minor burns. They were not seriously injured.

Officers are now hunting for the attackers, who they believe arrived at the scene in a black Ford Galaxy. The incident took place 10.55pm on Tuesday, 8 August.

Initial tests revealed the liquid sprayed at the victims was not acid but some form of “noxious substance”.

PC Dan Levy, the investigating officer from Barnet CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and witnessed this incident to speak to police. We know there were people in Long Lane at around the time of the incident and someone may have seen something significant that could assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Barnet CID on 0208 733 4510, police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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