Katherine Jenkins mugged after trying to save a woman from 'violent' assault

Amy West
Contributor
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was mugged on Wednesday afternoon after saving an elderly woman from being assaulted (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Katherine Jenkins was mugged in West London after trying to save an elderly woman from a similar assault, her agent has revealed.

The Welsh opera singer had arrived in the city ahead of a non-profit gig at St Luke's Church in Chelsea on Wednesday 4 December, when she caught sight of a group of young girls harassing the unidentified pensioner on her way to rehearsal.

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Despite the attackers turning on her, and leaving her “in tears,” the brave 39-year-old went on to perform that evening as “she didn’t want to let the charity down.”

Carole and Pippa Middleton were spotted attending the honorary concert.

Metropolitan Police were called to the scene of the ““vicious” incident and later confirmed that they had arrested two 15-year-old girls on suspicion of robbery. They also added that one officer was assaulted but did not require medical assistance.

Jenkins went on to perform that evening at the St Luke's Church in Chelsea, West London (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

In photos obtained by the Mail Online, officers can be seen putting a woman in a black tracksuit and another wearing a white polo shirt and faux-fur lined coat - much like school uniform attire - in handcuffs.

Later, one of them was put inside the back of a police van and driven off with its lights flashing.

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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.”

Van Straubenzee was a cricketer and British army officer during the Second World War. He died in a car crash back in 2002, at the age of 88.