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Cowardly mugger attacks frail pensioner

PUBLISHED: 11:34 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010

by Lorraine King Police are hunting for a cowardly mugger who pounced on an 87-year-old woman as she walked along with her Zimmer frame. The defenceless woman was pushed to the ground as she bravely tried to hold on to her handbag during

by Lorraine King

Police are hunting for a cowardly mugger who pounced on an 87-year-old woman as she walked along with her Zimmer frame.

The defenceless woman was pushed to the ground as she bravely tried to hold on to her handbag during the sickening attack at the back of the Corib's Rest on Salusbury Road, Queen's Park.

The robber, who was wearing a distinctive 'pork-pie' hat, struck as the woman was making her way to a social club located above the Irish-themed pub at 1.30pm on October 21.

The woman, who lives yards away from where she was attacked, is believed to be a regular bingo player at the club which is accessible by taking a lift at the back of the pub.

She was just about to get into the lift when the robber tried to snatch her handbag which was wrapped around her walking aid.

When she resisted the robber pushed her to the floor before fleeing with her bag towards Queen's Park Station.

Police are unsure whether he had been laying in wait or was an opportunist thief, they have not ruled out that he could be a junkie.

PC Gerry Sim told the Times after speaking to staff at the pub they are sure he wasn't a patron.

He added: "He was wearing a very distinctive hat and staff said no one of that description was drinking there that afternoon.

"He could be a junkie after his next fix.

"Anyone that knows anything about this can call the incident room or Crimestoppers anonymously."

Investigating officers are in the process of trawling through CCTV footage captured by cameras around the pub.

The robber is a black man, who a number of elderly witnesses say is aged between 30 to 40 but detectives believe he could be younger.

He is slim to medium build, around 6ft tall, clean-shaven and was wearing a black jacket, dark trousers and trainers and the unusual black leather hat with a rim around it.

If anyone has any information please contact DS Tracey Torbet on 020 8733 3227 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

lorraine.king@archant.co.uk


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