Hitchin robbery leaves lady, 82, in hospital with head injury
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An 82-year-old lady had her handbag snatched in Hitchin yesterday afternoon by a robber who left her needing hospital treatment for a head injury.
Detectives are urgently seeking public assistance after the robbery, which happened in Elmside Walk – between Bedford Road and Fishponds Road, near Hitchin Swimming Centre – at about 3.20pm.
The robber snatched the woman’s black handbag, and during the scuffle the victim lost her footing and fell – causing a head injury that needed hospital treatment. The attacker then fled.
The robber is described as a slightly-built black man with an unshaven face, about 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a dark-coloured coat and dark trousers. He carried a black rucksack-type bag.
DC Kathryn Marshall from the local crime unit is investigating. She said: “At this stage we believe the victim was potentially targeted by the offender, who may have been following her before the robbery occurred.
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“We need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything to come forward.
“This has been a dreadful experience for the victim but thankfully robberies like this are unusual but we need to identify the offender as quickly as possible.”
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Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting crime reference G1/17/3141, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.