Katherine Jenkins robbed in street after stepping in to stop girl gang attacking elderly woman

6 December 2019, 04:51 | Updated: 6 December 2019, 05:04

Katherine Jenkins bravely stepped in to halt an attack on an elderly woman
Katherine Jenkins bravely stepped in to halt an attack on an elderly woman. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was mugged in south west London after she intervened in a "vicious" street robbery.

The 39-year-old was on her way to a rehearsal at about 3.10pm on Wednesday when she witnessed an elderly woman being attacked.

After she stepped in to help, the singer was then mugged herself, her agent said. The singer was visibly close to tears as she waited for police to arrive, according to witnesses.

Pictures show three Scotland Yard officers leading one woman wearing a hooded jumper and trainers away from the scene.

She was on her way to a rehearsal when the incident unfolded in front of her
She was on her way to a rehearsal when the incident unfolded in front of her. Picture: PA

A second woman wearing glasses was also seen in handcuffs.

The Welsh mezzo-soprano was in London to sing at the Henry van Straubenzee charity carol concert at St Luke's Church in Chelsea.

"Miraculously, Katherine still managed to perform at the concert as she didn't want to let the charity down," her agent added.

The Met Police said it was called to reports of a robbery on King's Road in Chelsea at about 3.10pm on December 4.

Officers attended the incident and arrested two 15-year-old girls on suspicion of robbery, a police spokesperson said.

"A female member of the public had attempted to intervene," the spokeswoman added.

An officer was assaulted during the incident but did not require hospital treatment, police said.

The two girls were released under investigation, but one was re-arrested on December 5 in connection with the same incident after further information was received.

She remains in custody.

In a statement, Jenkins' agent said: "Katherine was in London to sing at the Henry van Straubenzee memorial charity carol concert at St Luke's Church.

"On her way to rehearsal she witnessed an older lady being viciously mugged and intervened to help.

"As a result of her stepping in, Katherine was then mugged herself.

"However she helped the police identify the perpetrator and the young woman was arrested shortly afterwards."

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