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Thug attacks two pensioners

PUBLISHED: 14:54 28 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK Police are hunting an evil attacker who beat up two elderly Ipswich women leaving one of them, an 82-year-old, with a broken arm.

The other victim, who is disabled, was left shaken after being assaulted in a robbery.

SUFFOLK Police are hunting an evil attacker who beat up two elderly Ipswich women leaving one of them, an 82-year-old, with a broken arm.

The other victim, who is disabled, was left shaken after being assaulted in a robbery.

The first attack occurred at 10.45am on Sunday when a 75-year-old woman was returning from shops along Gannett Road when she became aware of a youth riding a cycle beside her.

He reached into the basket on the front of the scooter and removed her handbag. The offender is described as white, aged 18-20 years old, and of a thin build. He had black hair and was wearing a black top and riding a silver/grey pedal bike.

The victim is currently awaiting a hip replacement and is unable to walk any long distance. She was left extremely shocked.

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

The incident took place on the corner of Montgomery Road and Prince of Wales Drive. The victim heard a male say "excuse me" but when as she turned round he pulled a bag from her arm and forced her to the ground.

The victim will be in hospital for between seven days and two weeks.

The offender is this instance is described as male, white and wearing a dark coloured top and trousers with a dark coloured cap.

Although police would not officially say the attacks were linked they refused to rule out the possibility.

Investigating officer Pc Mark Dale said: "These attacks on vulnerable elderly women took place in the middle of the day. I am sure someone must have seen something and I would appeal to anyone who has any information relating to either of these incidents to contact police as soon as possible."

If you have any information telephone detectives 01473 383092 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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