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Screams bring help as pensioner robbed

PUBLISHED: 15:55 29 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

A HOUSEHOLDER came to the aid of an elderly woman who was robbed as she walked along an Ipswich street today.

The woman - who was carrying a blue bag with flowers in it - screamed for help as the item was snatched from her in Lupin Road at 11 am.

A HOUSEHOLDER came to the aid of an elderly woman who was robbed as she walked along an Ipswich street today.

The woman – who was carrying a blue bag with flowers in it – screamed for help as the item was snatched from her in Lupin Road at 11 am. Her cries were heard by a householder who rushed to her aid.

The attacker, who fled on foot, was described as a white male teenager, of slim build and was wearing a pale blue checked shirt and jeans. He had short mousy hair.

Police are warning the public to be extra careful following muggings, handbag snatches and town centre pick-pocketing incidents in Ipswich.

They are not linking the incidents at present but the Bank Holiday weekend saw a large number of thefts – with one elderly woman suffering a broken arm when her attacker pushed her to the ground.

Yesterday afternoon just before 4pm a woman was walking through Chantry Park when a man approached her and stole her handbag. She was left shaken but otherwise unhurt.

The offender is described as 5ft 10ins tall, of a slim build, wearing trainers and a grey and navy top.

Just 20 minutes later another handbag snatch occurred in Marigold Avenue. A man, riding a bike, approached a female and stole her bag. He was wearing dark clothing and orange trousers and a black baseball cap. He was riding a silver bike.

On Bank Holiday Monday, an attack occurred at 10.45am when a 75-year-old disabled woman was mugged as she rode her mobility scooter. Her handbag was taken and the offender was also described as being thin, aged around 18-20 years old, and riding a silver bike.

At 2.40pm police were called to another incident where an 82-year-old woman was mugged – leaving her with a broken arm.

The incident occurred on the corner of Montgomery Road and Prince of Wales Drive, when the attacker pulled the bag from the pensioner and forced her to the ground. He is described as white, wearing a dark coloured top and a dark coloured cap.

Anyone with information on any of the incidents should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

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