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Elderly in terror after robbery

PUBLISHED: 15:57 31 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

PENSIONERS and families were today still reeling with the shock news after an elderly woman was robbed in an Ipswich street.

The victim – who has not been named – screamed for help after a teenager snatched her shopping bag in Lupin Road in broad daylight.

PENSIONERS and families were today still reeling with the shock news after an elderly woman was robbed in an Ipswich street.

The victim – who has not been named – screamed for help after a teenager snatched her shopping bag in Lupin Road in broad daylight.

A nearby householder who heard the woman's cries rushed to the victim's aid and the attacker fled on foot.

Rosemary Benson, 65, who lives in the same road, said: "I had heard about this.

"It just puts you on extra guard. Obviously for something like this to happen so close to home is so bad. What can we do, we need our handbags? But where are you safe?

"If you clutch hold of your handbag, you can get injured if it is ripped off you. I hope they catch the person. It is sickening really. You don't know who is watching you or who is behind you."

A 47-year-old, who didn't want to be named but also lives on Lupin Road, said his pond was recently vandalised by youths killing his 149 fish. In a separate incident his car and van was cruelly targeted.

"I am disgusted really that this sort of thing goes on. It is just getting worse around here.

"What do they get from terrorising older women? They are just picking on those that can't fight back. I think the adults are just not keeping their children under control."

Audrey Warren, 68, of nearby Poppy Close, said: "It is quite frightening. It doesn't make you feel safe when you go out."

Retired Sylvia Sparkes, of Lupin Road, said: "It is absolutely terrible. They are attacking elderly women that can't hit them back. I hope they catch the devils."

The victim was carrying a blue bag with flowers on it when the attack happened on Wednesday at 11am.

The offender was described as male, white, of slim build and was wearing a pale blue checked shirt and jeans. He had short mousy brown hair.

If you have any information about this crime contact Det Con McCarthy at Ipswich police station on 383100 or Crimestoppers, who you can call anonymously with information free on 0800 555111.

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