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Pensioner relives brutal attack

PUBLISHED: 14:13 07 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

THE aftermath of a brutal daytime attack left 82-year-old woman Eva Gilby in hospital for a week.

A cowardly mugger robbed the pensioner and left her lying on the ground in agony as she called for help.

THE aftermath of a brutal daytime attack left 82-year-old woman Eva Gilby in hospital for a week.

A cowardly mugger robbed the pensioner and left her lying on the ground in agony as she called for help.

Recovering from a broken arm and severe bruising at her Maidenhall home the brave woman today spoke about the horrific incident that has left "angry and frightened."

The victim, who does not want her identity revealed, said she is still shaken following the incident but wants to thank three good Samaritans who came to her aid.

She was mugged on the corner of Montgomery Road and Prince of Wales Drive at 2.40pm on August 27.

The thief ran off with her handbag, which contained £20 cash, medication, photographs with sentimental value and a selection of other items.

She sustained a broken arm in the incident as well as badly bruised legs and finger. The severe bruising on her left arm is a painful reminder of the horrifying incident.

The woman, a widow of seven years, said: "I was walking from the Post Office to the Co-op when someone came behind me and said excuse me."

In a matter of seconds the pensioner was on the floor in agony as the mugger grabbed her bag and sprinted off.

"It seemed as if there was nobody about I just called 'help, help'. Three young men came along, I would really like to thank them because they waited with me until the police arrived.

"I'm feeling very angry about it all, in plain English I feel bloody awful, and I don't like to swear.

"I keep having flashbacks and seeing the bag, I'm not worried about the bag, but now I'm very nervous and I'm not a nervous person."

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Wayne McCarthy said: "The victim is still in a great deal of pain as a result of her ordeal and it is a mark of her courage that she is prepared to talk to the media in order to help us catch her attacker.

"The incident occurred in the middle of a bank holiday afternoon not far from a busy shopping area.

"To date we have had a poor response from the public, I am sure that there are people who were in the area at the time who have not come forward and I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone with information to contact us."

The attacker is described as male, white, aged in his late teens. He was wearing a dark coloured top and trousers with a dark cap.

Police believe he may have been responsible for other attacks and are anxious to trace an offender who has been seen with a silver or grey pedal cycle.

On the same day at 10.45am a 75-year-old woman was shocked when a man riding a bike stole her handbag from the front of her mobility scooter.

Anyone with information about either of the incidents are urged to contact Ipswich CID on 01473 383100 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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