Monday, 24 September 2012

Appeal after 76-year-old woman robbed in Morecambe

Kilnbank Avenue, Morecambe. Image: Google

(Updated 26/9/12): Police are appealing for information after a senior citizen was attacked and robbed as she walked home through Morecambe at the weekend.

At approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon (22nd September 2012) the 76-year-old lady was walking along the pathway by Kilnbank Avenue in Morecambe when she was approached from behind by two men.

One of the men grabbed the strap of her handbag, pulling it from her shoulder and causing her to fall to the ground. The two men then ran from the scene.

Fortunately, the lady only received minor injuries but has been left extremely shaken by what has happened and officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Mark Stephens said, “This is an appalling offence against an elderly lady and I am very keen to catch the people responsible.

“If anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything at all then I would urge them to come forward if they have any information that they think might help.”

The person who grabbed the bag from the lady has been described as wearing a dark top and a balaclava. The second person who was with him has been described as having blonde hair and was wearing white/light coloured clothing.

The handbag which is still outstanding is described as beige in colour and about 12 inches by 10 inches in size, with a beige and white diagonal pattern on the front.

• Anyone with information can contact police by calling the new non-emergency number 101 quoting log number LC-20120922-1045 or alternatively, information can be passed via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Update, 26th September: A 16-year-old Heysham boy has been charged with this robbery. He appeared at Lancaster Magistrates Court on Tuesday 25th September where he pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced later in the year.

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