Thief targets elderly woman in daylight robbery in Stevenage

AN elderly woman was the victim of a street robbery which netted the thief just �10. The 83-year-old was targeted at just before 11am yesterday (Monday) in The Muntings as she was walking from Valley Way after getting off a bus. It is believed the offende

AN elderly woman was the victim of a street robbery which netted the thief just �10.

The 83-year-old was targeted at just before 11am yesterday (Monday) in The Muntings as she was walking from Valley Way after getting off a bus.

It is believed the offender walked behind the victim for a short time before grabbing her handbag, causing her to fall to the floor and injuring her face.

The thief then ran off with the bag containing the money.

The woman was taken to Lister Hospital for treatment. She has since been released.

Detective Inspector Kay Lancaster, investigating, said: "We are treating this as an isolated incident as we have not had any similar robberies in the area recently.

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"This was a disturbing, cowardly attack where an elderly and vulnerable victim has suffered quite substantial injuries to her face - all for the sake of stealing �10.

"I would appeal to anyone who believes they may have seen anyone acting suspiciously that morning, or believes they may have witnessed the incident, to call police immediately. Also, if you know, or have any information about, who has committed this crime I would urge you to do the decent thing and come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Craig Blake or DC Beverley Jennings via the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.