Former The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright has shared an emotional plea after revealing her two younger foster brothers were mugged at knifepoint.
Bright took to Instagram on Tuesday to describe the attack and ask her 997k followers to help the police in their investigation if they have any further information.
The Instagram post read: “Absolutely heartbroken. My two, young teenage foster brothers were mugged today at knifepoint.”
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The reality star explained that the incident took place over a bike at a bus stop outside Miller and Carter in Woodford Green, Essex at 4.45pm.
“The trauma this will cause them after they have already experienced so much grief is unbearable – and all over a bike,” she continued.
She went on to explain that the police have been informed of the attack, but asked for anyone with any further information to message her directly.
“The police have been called and whilst I would like to leave it to them to do their jobs, I just can’t sit here and do nothing, especially knowing I can reach so many.
Bright added that the boys who mugged her foster brothers were all wearing Highams Park school uniform and that they are “clearly capable of murder”.
She said that her brothers were left shaken up by the incident, but were not harmed.
A spokesperson for the MET Police said in a statement: “Police were called at approximately 14:45hrs on Tuesday, 2 April to reports of a teenage boy robbed in High Road, Woodford Green.
“The victim reported that a group of males approached him and demanded his bicycle. One male assaulted him while another threatened him with a knife.
“The males took the bicycle and made off. The victim was not seriously injured. Officers attended the scene but the suspects could not be traced. No arrests; enquiries continue.”
Bright recently appeared on Yahoo’s White Wine Question Time with Kate Thornton podcast with sister Georgia and mother Debbie, talking about the benefits of fostering.
The Brights opened up about their experiences, telling Thornton their mum’s fostering had made them unselfish and less judgemental
Although Georgia confessed: “I went through a good couple of years where I hated mum fostering because the children we had were very challenging and they took up a lot of my mum’s time. I felt I didn’t have my mum there – which wasn’t my mum or the child’s fault – but there was a good period of my life in secondary school where I hated it. Overall though I mostly loved it.”
Debbie Bright, who fosters for the Hackney area, has provided temporary care to over 250 children over the past 20 years.
“I can truly say with my hand on my heart it’s been 27 years of absolute ups and downs, a rollercoaster of a ride – but I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else,” Debbie said.