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Pensioners foil robber

PUBLISHED: 12:26 06 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

ELDERLY sisters grappled a robber to the ground and foiled an attempted bag-snatch outside an Ipswich superstore.

The brave pensioners had been shopping at Asda in Goddard Road when a woman got out of a transit van and shoulder-barged the younger of the pair, trying to wrestle her handbag from her.

ELDERLY sisters grappled a robber to the ground and foiled an attempted bag-snatch outside an Ipswich superstore.

The brave pensioners had been shopping at Asda in Goddard Road when a woman got out of a transit van and shoulder-barged the younger of the pair, trying to wrestle her handbag from her.

The 60-year-old victim (who comes from the Stowmarket area) – helped by her 70-year-old sister – grabbed the robber and pulled her to the ground. The sisters cried for help and a passer-by called police.

But as the pair held the robber down waiting for help to arrive, a man jumped out of the transit van and came to the robber's aid.

He threatened the sisters, forcing them to let the attacker free and the man and woman ran back to the van and made their getaway. The incident happened at around 1.15pm yesterday.

The 60-year-old suffered pain to her barged shoulder in the attack but the pair were otherwise unhurt.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact Det Con Stephen Williamson on 01473 383133.


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