Hangbag thief targets woman on mobility scooter

Police are hunting a thief who hit a disabled woman.

A WOMAN on a mobility scooter was robbed in Henlow last night (Thursday).

The 52-year-old was targeted as she was travelling along an alleyway between Harrier Mill and Henlow High Street at 7pm.

A man pushing a bicycle passed by her and grabbed her bag from a basket attached to the scooter.

When she resisted he hit her over the head before taking the bag and making off towards Clifton.

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The bag is a distinctive smoky grey colour with a picture of two kittens on it.

The assailant is described as white, aged in his mid 20s, 6ft tall, of skinny build with short dark hair. He was wearing a white hoody with black lines across the front, zipped up to the top. He also wore blue jeans.

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Detective constable Phil Raikes is investigating the crime. He said: “This is a despicable robbery of a vulnerable person carried out in broad daylight.

“We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or recognises the description of the offender to contact us. Did anyone see him leaving the scene or have they found the bag? Did anyone see him before the robbery acting suspiciously?”

Anyone with information can contact DC Raikes on 01525 473053, or text to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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