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Youths steal disabled man's pension

PUBLISHED: 15:50 25 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

TWO teenage boys have been arrested by police investigating allegations that a disabled man had his pension stolen by youths who had volunteered to collect it for him.

TWO teenage boys have been arrested by police investigating allegations that a disabled man had his pension stolen by youths who had volunteered to collect it for him.

Police said today that the boys – a 16-year-old from Ipswich, and a 17-year-old from Trimley – were arrested by officers following up leads in the case. The boys have been questioned at length and have now been released on bail pending further inquiries. They are due to return to Felixstowe police station to answer their bail on August 25. No charges have yet been brought. The suspects cannot be named for legal reasons.

Police were called in on Monday morning after an 89-year-old man from Trimley St Mary went to collect his pension from Trimley Post Office.

Because the man was in a motorised disabled vehicle, he could not get into the post office and shop in High Road, Trimley St Martin, and two youths said they would take his pension book to the counter and collect the £58.98 for him.

The youths returned shortly afterwards, but allegedly stole almost all the money and quickly made off. The incident happened between 9.30am and 10am as the man made his regular weekly trip to the post office to collect his cash.

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