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Thursday, 13 December, 2001, 20:16 GMT
Angela Rippon vows to beat 'thugs'
Angela Rippon
Angela Rippon had been mugged before
Television presenter Angela Rippon has vowed not to live in fear despite being the victim of a violent street robbery.

Ms Rippon, 57, suffered bruising to her fingers and wrist during the attack by two men in west London.

It is the second mugging she has suffered in 18 months, but she says she refuses to be intimidated by Britain's "thug element".

"I don't think you can allow something like this to get you down. You can't be a victim to this," she said.


A day after, I felt like a zombie, but at the time, I was not physically beaten up or damaged

Angela Rippon

"This is my city, this is where I live, this is our country, this is where we live and I don't think you can allow the thug element of the nation to take over."

The robbers, who threatened to break Ms Rippon's fingers, took a Rolex watch, two rings and diamond earrings worth thousands of pounds.

Ms Rippon said later of one of the rings: "Sadly my aunt died from cancer two years ago and it was the only thing that I have left of hers."

The Watchdog Healthcheck and Holiday Programme presenter's distinctive handbag containing cash, credit cards and a mobile phone was also taken.

Threats

The latest attack took place in Ladbroke Grove at 2230GMT on Monday.

Police said Ms Rippon had parked her car and been grabbed from behind by one of the two suspects, who held her against him and shouted at her.

He demanded her jewellery and threatened to break her finger if she did not hand over a ring.

The suspects got away on foot, with one thought to be in his 20s, the other in his teens.

I was saying 'Please don't take the ring, please don't take the ring'

Angela Rippon

The last time Ms Rippon was mugged, in March 2000, she had her handbag and credit cards taken.

Since then, Ms Rippon said she had learned to be aware of people following her.

But she thought this time her assailants had been hiding between parked cars.

Kicked

Ms Rippon said she had tried to cling to the ring, given to her on her 21st birthday.

"I was saying 'Please don't take the ring, please don't take the ring'.

"Their response was 'Give it to us or we'll break your fingers'."

She said she had tried to help the men get what they wanted, but they ripped her earrings out and bruised her fingers, leaving her in shock.

"A day after, I felt like a zombie, but at the time, I was not physically beaten up or damaged and I have to be grateful for that.

"When you have two very large thugs being as physical as they were, you don't sit down and have a conversation with them."

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