Robbers armed with a gun are still on the loose, according to Croydon Police.

Five night-time robberies occurred in the borough between February 2 and 5.

In each robbery, the victim either had a firearm pulled on them, or the suspects made threats they had a firearm without one being seen.

Detective Inspector David Willis said: “Although there have been no injuries at this point, the impact of being a victim of a violent crime runs far deeper than injuries alone. The nature of these incidents and the potential that the firearm could be real makes it vital that we identify the people responsible as soon as possible.

“It is important that we remain vigilant to any potential danger that may undermine our safety, and report anything that looks suspicious.”

The victims were all sitting in their vehicles at the time of the attacks; on three of these occasions, private hire vehicles have been targeted.

None of the victims were physically injured.

Police said five robberies took place across Croydon on the following dates:

- At 23.40 on Friday, 2 February on London Road in Norbury

- At 21.25 on Saturday, 3 February on Falkland Park Avenue in South Norwood

- At 22.35 on Saturday, 3 February on Duppas Avenue in Croydon

- At 00.55 on Monday, 5 February on Berne Road in Thornton Heath

- At 01.35 on Monday, 5 February on King's Road in South Norwood

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information should call officers at Croydon via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference ‘Operation AMAY’.