By December 18, 2011

Prince Harry races to help friend who had his BlackBerry stolen


I spotted this story late last night on the Daily Mail online but it was far to late for me to get out of bed and write a post! It turns out that Price Harry was talking on his phone to his good friend Thomas van Straubenzee when some bad man decided to rob Thomas of his BlackBerry. So what did Harry do; he raced to the rescue.

Harry heard the scuffle taking place and immediately drove to the scene with his protection officer. Fearing 28-year-old Mr van Straubenzee had been hurt, the Prince circled the streets of Battersea, South-West London, looking for him.

When he could not find his friend, he  drove to the nearest police station where he found Mr van Straubenzee reporting the crime. Because he had overheard the mugging taking place, Prince Harry was required to give a police statement, which is now part of an ongoing investigation.

Last night, Wandsworth police told The Mail on Sunday that they had arrested a man in connection with the robbery and recovered the stolen mobile phone. The man was released on bail.


It is believed to be the first time a senior Royal has walked into a police station to report a crime.

A police source said: ‘Prince Harry came into the station to give a statement. It was a separate statement from the one given by his friend who was mugged.’

A police spokesman said: ‘Police are investigating an allegation of personal robbery which occurred at approximately 8.30pm on Wednesday, November 30, in Albert Bridge Road, SW11.

‘A mobile phone was taken during the robbery. This allegation was taken seriously,  as are all allegations of robbery. A man was arrested on Thursday, December 1 on  suspicion of robbery and bailed to return in January pending further inquiries. Police from Wandsworth are investigating.’

An aide told The Mail on Sunday how Harry, who is believed to have been at Clarence House, his London residence, leapt into action after their conversation came to an abrupt end. ‘Prince Harry was aware of what had happened to his friend and drove to the area immediately to try to find him,’ the aide said.

‘He circled the streets for a while in his Audi before following intuition and finding his friend at a local police station in Battersea Bridge Road. The Prince wanted to be there to offer some comfort and friendly support.

‘Prince Harry made his way to the station and by the time he arrived the police had already enacted a number of operational procedures, which involved very swift action and the kind of scenes you see on The Bill. Both the Prince and his friend were very grateful to the police for how they handled it.’

Nice to see Prince harry leaping into action for his friend. Or was it the thought of not being able to BBM?!!!


Posted by: James

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