Elderly woman suffers hip injury after being robbed by man who offered to carry shopping

Woman, 80, robbed on her own doorstep by man who offered to carry shopping

Woman, 80, robbed on her own doorstep by man who offered to carry shopping

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AN ELDERLY woman suffered a serious hip injury after being robbed in Springbourne by a man offering to carry her bag.

The victim, who is in her 80s, was returning to her home on Washington Avenue at around 1.45pm last Friday, when an unknown man approached her and offered to carry her bag, after she visited Co-Op on Holdenhurst Road.

As she opened her front door, the woman, who was aided by two walking sticks, was pushed over by the man, who had claimed that he wanted to make sure that she got into her home safely.

He then grabbed the woman’s purse, which was hanging on a lanyard around her neck and contained cash and a small black Nokia 106 mobile phone, before running off towards Spring Road.

The woman had to be taken to hospital after receiving a serious hip injury during the fall.

Detective Constable James Taylor of Bournemouth CID described the incident as ‘a despicable attack on a vulnerable member of our community’.

He added: “The victim put her trust in this man and believed he wanted to help her. As a result she has suffered a serious injury and has been left severely shocked.”

The offender is described as a black man, 25 and 35 years old, of five feet seven inches in height and of slim build. He was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap, a dark blue hoody worn with the hood up and black trousers.

DC Taylor said that he was keen to apprehend the offender as soon as possible and bring him to justice.

Witnesses and anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 18:240 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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4:43pm Tue 22 Jul 14

spooki says...

I hope he feels very big and clever, doing this to someone. I hope the lady recovers, hip injuries can lead to other problems. CATCH THIS SELFISH IDIOT.
I hope he feels very big and clever, doing this to someone. I hope the lady recovers, hip injuries can lead to other problems. CATCH THIS SELFISH IDIOT. spooki
  • Score: 27

4:53pm Tue 22 Jul 14

blahblahbleurgh says...

Absolute scum. Its no wonder elderly people end up alone in their homes they dont know who they trust
Absolute scum. Its no wonder elderly people end up alone in their homes they dont know who they trust blahblahbleurgh
  • Score: 26

5:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

British_Beef says...

I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite.
I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite. British_Beef
  • Score: 28

6:28pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Rasta dude says...

British_Beef wrote:
I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite.
I agree but because it's never on the powers at be doorsteps they will never do anything about it boscombe crescent is great example spent thousands on it and all it did was keep the druggies and alcoholics away for a while build a police station on the site it's no good for anything else never has been
[quote][p][bold]British_Beef[/bold] wrote: I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite.[/p][/quote]I agree but because it's never on the powers at be doorsteps they will never do anything about it boscombe crescent is great example spent thousands on it and all it did was keep the druggies and alcoholics away for a while build a police station on the site it's no good for anything else never has been Rasta dude
  • Score: 4

7:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Carolyn43 says...

Unfortunately there are always scum who see elderly people as an easy target, especially women. He'd be the first to complain if someone did that to his grandmother. I don't suppose he's aware or even cares how serious an injury he has inflicted.

I hope she recovers quick;y with no physical ill effects. Obviously she will be psychologically scarred.

When caught, and after he's served a suitable jail term, he should be made to do anything she wants doing for the following year. He might learn some respect then.
Unfortunately there are always scum who see elderly people as an easy target, especially women. He'd be the first to complain if someone did that to his grandmother. I don't suppose he's aware or even cares how serious an injury he has inflicted. I hope she recovers quick;y with no physical ill effects. Obviously she will be psychologically scarred. When caught, and after he's served a suitable jail term, he should be made to do anything she wants doing for the following year. He might learn some respect then. Carolyn43
  • Score: 15

8:26pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Cerne Giant says...

Bleeding Heck

I am a 80 year old ****

Tiz a tad scary these days, make no mistake about that

But, there was a bright light in my day

Asking for help in my local Wilco emporium

The very young Wilco gel gave me a seat, sit tight Sir

Give me your shopping list

"Just like that" not only did she fill my shopping requirements

I was fast tract thru the checkout and help to the back to the Bus Station
Bleeding Heck I am a 80 year old **** Tiz a tad scary these days, make no mistake about that But, there was a bright light in my day Asking for help in my local Wilco emporium The very young Wilco gel gave me a seat, sit tight Sir Give me your shopping list "Just like that" not only did she fill my shopping requirements I was fast tract thru the checkout and help to the back to the Bus Station The Cerne Giant
  • Score: 8

8:27pm Tue 22 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

I used to do betterware and the amount of elderly ladies and gentleman that would allow me into their homes baffled me. Maybe they are just a more trusting generation? Who knows. But I always used to tell them not to invite people in who they didn't know.

My late grandfather used to sit in his flat with the door unlocked. We were constantly telling him off.

Please be careful.
I used to do betterware and the amount of elderly ladies and gentleman that would allow me into their homes baffled me. Maybe they are just a more trusting generation? Who knows. But I always used to tell them not to invite people in who they didn't know. My late grandfather used to sit in his flat with the door unlocked. We were constantly telling him off. Please be careful. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 10

9:34pm Tue 22 Jul 14

GeorgeW64 says...

British_Beef wrote:
I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite.
This sort of thing happens in all towns and cities, not just around here, you can't put a copper outside ever oap's house, stopping immigration would solve a lot of problems around here though.
[quote][p][bold]British_Beef[/bold] wrote: I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite.[/p][/quote]This sort of thing happens in all towns and cities, not just around here, you can't put a copper outside ever oap's house, stopping immigration would solve a lot of problems around here though. GeorgeW64
  • Score: -1

9:56pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Blossom8 says...

Absolute scum! Black man ! Wonder if he is Somalian by any chance ! Seems to be a lot of them in this area drug dealing and the man probably another drug addict ! Where are the police and drug squads for this area which is as bad as Boscombe . This poor vulnerable lady how cruel and callous of this scum .
Please pray this decent trusting lady recovers fully , but I fear she will be left terrified. Let's hope he is caught and taken off the streets and locked up for a long time.
Absolute scum! Black man ! Wonder if he is Somalian by any chance ! Seems to be a lot of them in this area drug dealing and the man probably another drug addict ! Where are the police and drug squads for this area which is as bad as Boscombe . This poor vulnerable lady how cruel and callous of this scum . Please pray this decent trusting lady recovers fully , but I fear she will be left terrified. Let's hope he is caught and taken off the streets and locked up for a long time. Blossom8
  • Score: 9

10:49pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Understated says...

"The offender is described as a black man, 25 and 35 years old"


so... is that between those ages??? doesnt narrow it down enough
"The offender is described as a black man, 25 and 35 years old" so... is that between those ages??? doesnt narrow it down enough Understated
  • Score: -3

11:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

rob.carter says...

Absolutely shocking I hope the scum gets caught or better still gets a beating. The area seems to be getting worse need more police patrol by real police not pco or putting a stupid tardis on display more policing by real police!
Absolutely shocking I hope the scum gets caught or better still gets a beating. The area seems to be getting worse need more police patrol by real police not pco or putting a stupid tardis on display more policing by real police! rob.carter
  • Score: 5

12:38am Wed 23 Jul 14

wadjit says...

The police don't like walking around these areas They prefer driving along the promenade - The view is better.
The police don't like walking around these areas They prefer driving along the promenade - The view is better. wadjit
  • Score: 0

6:16am Wed 23 Jul 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

GeorgeW64 wrote:
British_Beef wrote:
I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite.
This sort of thing happens in all towns and cities, not just around here, you can't put a copper outside ever oap's house, stopping immigration would solve a lot of problems around here though.
A tad racist?
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]British_Beef[/bold] wrote: I fear drugs are the root of this diabolical crime. At her age that's a serious injury and I truly hope she recovers. This area, as does Boscombe, needs more coppers on the beat like we used to have. Until Police presence is increased in our more troubled areas we'll see this type of crime committed. In the meantime I wish this old dear all the best and a speedy recovery. Poor mite.[/p][/quote]This sort of thing happens in all towns and cities, not just around here, you can't put a copper outside ever oap's house, stopping immigration would solve a lot of problems around here though.[/p][/quote]A tad racist? Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: -8

7:35am Wed 23 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Yet more low life walking our streets, maybe someone will do the same to him.........with luck.
Yet more low life walking our streets, maybe someone will do the same to him.........with luck. skydriver
  • Score: 5

7:36am Wed 23 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

Blossom8 wrote:
Absolute scum! Black man ! Wonder if he is Somalian by any chance ! Seems to be a lot of them in this area drug dealing and the man probably another drug addict ! Where are the police and drug squads for this area which is as bad as Boscombe . This poor vulnerable lady how cruel and callous of this scum .
Please pray this decent trusting lady recovers fully , but I fear she will be left terrified. Let's hope he is caught and taken off the streets and locked up for a long time.
The flat raided for 2nd time last week 3 roads away from this incident is beginning to have a lot friends visit again.

It wastes a lot of time keep ringing 101 lets have a dedicated drug reporting line for Dorset. ( is there an existing one ? )

We could then talk to the organ grinder and not the monkey.
[quote][p][bold]Blossom8[/bold] wrote: Absolute scum! Black man ! Wonder if he is Somalian by any chance ! Seems to be a lot of them in this area drug dealing and the man probably another drug addict ! Where are the police and drug squads for this area which is as bad as Boscombe . This poor vulnerable lady how cruel and callous of this scum . Please pray this decent trusting lady recovers fully , but I fear she will be left terrified. Let's hope he is caught and taken off the streets and locked up for a long time.[/p][/quote]The flat raided for 2nd time last week 3 roads away from this incident is beginning to have a lot friends visit again. It wastes a lot of time keep ringing 101 lets have a dedicated drug reporting line for Dorset. ( is there an existing one ? ) We could then talk to the organ grinder and not the monkey. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 4

12:42pm Wed 23 Jul 14

scrumpyjack says...

Understated wrote:
"The offender is described as a black man, 25 and 35 years old"


so... is that between those ages??? doesnt narrow it down enough
What a stupid thing to say. She did her best, not all 80 plus year olds can give you a persons exact age of someone 50 plus years younger than themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: "The offender is described as a black man, 25 and 35 years old" so... is that between those ages??? doesnt narrow it down enough[/p][/quote]What a stupid thing to say. She did her best, not all 80 plus year olds can give you a persons exact age of someone 50 plus years younger than themselves. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 5

1:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
I used to do betterware and the amount of elderly ladies and gentleman that would allow me into their homes baffled me. Maybe they are just a more trusting generation? Who knows. But I always used to tell them not to invite people in who they didn't know.

My late grandfather used to sit in his flat with the door unlocked. We were constantly telling him off.

Please be careful.
Mother never had to lock the doors, until about the late sixties or early seventies, but now you are not 100% safe, even with reinforced doors back & front or double glazed windows. How the times have changed since then!.
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: I used to do betterware and the amount of elderly ladies and gentleman that would allow me into their homes baffled me. Maybe they are just a more trusting generation? Who knows. But I always used to tell them not to invite people in who they didn't know. My late grandfather used to sit in his flat with the door unlocked. We were constantly telling him off. Please be careful.[/p][/quote]Mother never had to lock the doors, until about the late sixties or early seventies, but now you are not 100% safe, even with reinforced doors back & front or double glazed windows. How the times have changed since then!. downmoor-ch63
  • Score: 2

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