Elderly targeted in spate of Biggleswade street robberies

PUBLISHED: 14:50 10 September 2018

Police have issued advice after a spate of robberies in Biggleswade. Picture: DANNY LOO

Police have issued advice after a spate of robberies in Biggleswade. Picture: DANNY LOO

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There has been a spate of robberies in Biggleswade over a few days, with the thieves targeting victims as old as 82 and 84 years old.

Officers have upped patrols and issued advice to the public after the series of robberies, which have happened since Thursday afternoon.

The first incident happened between 4pm and 4.30pm, when a 72-year-old woman was cycling along Chapel Fields. Her handbag – containing bank cards, cash and her mobile phone – was snatched by a man on a bike, who rushed off with the bag towards Sun Street.

The thief is described as a slim man, about 5ft 6in tall, with a navy hoody and dark trousers. He was riding a mountain bike and had his face covered by the hood. The crime reference number is 40/23025/18.

The next day, Friday, at about 9.20pm, an elderly couple were victims of an attempted robbery. The 82-year-old woman and her 84-year-old husband were in Station Road when a man cycled towards them, shouting at them.

He tried to snatch the woman’s handbag, but she refused to let go. Her husband grappled with the man, but he broke free and cycled off.

The robber is described as being in his late teens and wearing a black coat, black hoody with the hood up and black trousers. He was riding a mountain bike. The crime reference number is 40/23282/18.

In the early hours of Sunday, just after midnight, a 47-year-old woman was in Dells Lane when three people on bikes approached her and pushed her to the groud, before one took money from her purse.

The three men are described as white, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in, in their late teens and wearing all black. They all rode bikes. The reference number for this incident is 40/23467/18.

Ch Supt David Boyle said: “We have received reports of three similar incidents that have happened within a few days, and officers are working hard to establish links between them to find out who is responsible. I’d encourage anyone with any information about who is responsible to come forward. This behaviour is not acceptable and the public’s help could be vital in bringing these people to justice.

“If you have noticed anything over the past few days, or you see any behaviour that looks suspicious, please do report it as it could prove vital to our investigation.

“In the meantime, I’d urge people to be aware of these incidents and stay vigilant. Our advice is to avoid walking alone late at night, and to ensure you’re walking in brightly lit areas. We’d also urge people to keep valuables hidden. We are taking this incredibly seriously, and as a result we’ll be putting extra patrols in place in the town to reassure residents.”

Anyone with information that could help the police should call 101 and quote the relevant crime reference number. You can also report information at bedfordshire.police.uk/report or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you have been affected by crime the Signpost Hub offers free and confidential support to victims in Bedfordshire, whether it has been reported to police or not and irrespective of where and when the crime occurred.

Contact 0800 0282887 or see signpostforbedfordshire.com for further information

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