10th Dec, 2016

Elderly woman left with bruises after purse thief strikes in town park

Joshua Godfrey 13th Apr, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN ELDERLY woman was left bruised after an altercation with which saw a cold-hearted thief steal her purse in broad daylight whilst the victim was sat in St Andrew’s memorial gardens.

The incident took place on Tuesday (April 12) at about 2.30pm when the 71-year-old victim was sat on a bench and a woman approached her asking if she could swap two 10 pence pieces for a 20 pence piece to use a telephone box.

The elderly woman agreed but the offender became confrontational and walked off.

The victim then placed her purse by her side on the bench.

Two minutes later the offender returned asking for 50p, this time the 71-year-old refused and then the offender tried to grab the victim’s purse from the bench and a struggle took place between the women before the offender used force to take the purse.

The offender is described as a white female with very dark hair and is of a thin build.

She was wearing all black, a pink hat and was pushing a small child in a three wheel pushchair which had the hood back and was yellow and lime green in colour.

Det Sgt Christopher Percival said: “We are keen to speak to the woman pictured as we think she may hold information about the robbery.

“We would urge anyone who recognises the woman in the image to call us on 101.

“Alternatively, we would ask the public to get in touch if you think you may have witnessed the robbery or have any information about it,” he added.

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.