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Woman, 88, grabbed by the throat and robbed in broad daylight in Vange
12:08pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in Echo News
A VULNERABLE 88-year-old woman has been left shocked and frightened after a heartless robber grabbed her by the throat and stole her necklace and handbag in broad daylight.
The attack happened as the elderly woman walked through the Homebase car park off London Road, Vange, where a man grabbed her around the throat, which knocked her to the ground.
He then stole her necklace and handbag before running off.
Det Con Andy Rowley, investigating officer, said: “Having looked through the CCTV, it is evident that the store was quite busy at the time.
“This man has targeted an elderly, vulnerable woman and left her in a complete state of shock and fright. She is being supported by her family as she comes to terms with what happened to her.
“We’re hoping that someone saw the robbery and comes forward with information so that not only can this man be arrested but to also reassure the victim and others that he is off the streets and
unable to commit a similar offence again.”
The woman suffered a minor head injury and was treated at her nearby home by paramedics.
The attacker is described as white, fairly short in height and was wearing a royal blue top, with possible yellow flashes on it.
Police have only just released details of the attack which happened at about 5.30pm on Tuesday, August 28.
Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at Basildon police station on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.