86-year-old Lottie Evans mugged by man who offered to carry shopping for her in Bournemouth

I was mugged and shoved to the ground by man who offered to carry shopping for me

Lottie Evans with 18-year-old Alex Bownes who came to her rescue

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AN elderly woman mugged by a false good Samaritan at the door of her home said she feels lucky she wasn't more seriously injured.

Lottie Evans, who has osteoarthritis and walks with the aid of two sticks, was shoved to the ground by the thug after he had offered to carry her shopping indoors.

 

The 86-year-old, who enjoys an active social life, singing and calligraphy, suffered a split pelvis in the fall, and the robber made off with her purse and mobile phone.

Recalling the incident, which occurred in Washington Avenue at 1.45pm on Friday last week, Mrs Evans said: “He said 'can I help you please', he was so polite all the time.

“He said 'I would like to make sure you are safe', but when he came in the door he was a changed man.

“I had only just taken the key out of the door when he punched me more-or-less in the chest, and as I fell I hit the radiator.”

The robber, described as a black man between 25 and 35 years old, five feet seven inches tall and of slim build, ran off towards Spring Road.

Mrs Evans, who said she was not angry about the crime, praised her neighbour - 18-year-old Alex Bownes - who rushed to her rescue.

“I was so happy and grateful to see him,” she said.

“He was there so quickly and he helped me up and called the police. He is a great young man.”

Mrs Evans, who has lived in the area since 1953, said she couldn't have wished for a better neighbourhood - but acknowledged she would find it more difficult to trust strangers when back on her feet.

“I have always been careful, and it is no good to be fearful, but I will have to be double careful,” she said.

“I will warn my friends around here to do the same.”

The robber was described as wearing a dark blue hoody, dark trousers and a baseball cap.

Contact Dorset Police with information on 101 quoting incident number 18:240 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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6:10am Fri 25 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

Despicable coward
Despicable coward hamworthygirl
  • Score: 23

8:40am Fri 25 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Lets hope that someone knows who this coward is and reports him, his next victim may end up far worse than Lottie. So do the right thing, even if you have the slightest suspicion.
Lets hope that someone knows who this coward is and reports him, his next victim may end up far worse than Lottie. So do the right thing, even if you have the slightest suspicion. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 20

8:43am Fri 25 Jul 14

HappyTalkyTalkyHappyTalk says...

How awful, it makes me feel sick that someone could do this to an 86 year old lady. I believe in karma and hope he gets whats coming to him how disgusting. I wish you all the best lottie xx
How awful, it makes me feel sick that someone could do this to an 86 year old lady. I believe in karma and hope he gets whats coming to him how disgusting. I wish you all the best lottie xx HappyTalkyTalkyHappyTalk
  • Score: 18

9:40am Fri 25 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

Good description given of this w*****r, got to be someone of our local druggie community , probably a regular in the area, so hopefully someone dobs him in, waste of space.
Good description given of this w*****r, got to be someone of our local druggie community , probably a regular in the area, so hopefully someone dobs him in, waste of space. FerryFan
  • Score: 13

9:55am Fri 25 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

needs to be caught and given a nice beating somewhere in a dark alleyway, im not normally a one to say this as two wrongs dont make a right, but in this case this coward needs it.!
needs to be caught and given a nice beating somewhere in a dark alleyway, im not normally a one to say this as two wrongs dont make a right, but in this case this coward needs it.! bosco1
  • Score: 15

10:19am Fri 25 Jul 14

The Cerne Giant says...

****
**** The Cerne Giant
  • Score: 8

10:23am Fri 25 Jul 14

Blossom8 says...

If he's a druggie he will b around the area every day lets hope the police and public keep a look out for the culprit and lock him up . So pleased Lottie is recovering she looks like such a lovely lady .
If he's a druggie he will b around the area every day lets hope the police and public keep a look out for the culprit and lock him up . So pleased Lottie is recovering she looks like such a lovely lady . Blossom8
  • Score: 8

10:32am Fri 25 Jul 14

adamthechairman says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
They can't swim. Chuck him off the end of the pier as punishment.
Who can't swim? If you think you know the chap descibed, maybe you should report to the police....rather than make sweeping racist remarks?!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: They can't swim. Chuck him off the end of the pier as punishment.[/p][/quote]Who can't swim? If you think you know the chap descibed, maybe you should report to the police....rather than make sweeping racist remarks?! adamthechairman
  • Score: -3

2:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

adamthechairman wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
They can't swim. Chuck him off the end of the pier as punishment.
Who can't swim? If you think you know the chap descibed, maybe you should report to the police....rather than make sweeping racist remarks?!
He's black, get over it bro, it says so in the description, or are you accusing the victim of racism for pointing that out ?

I hope not, she's been through enough, how dare you.
[quote][p][bold]adamthechairman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: They can't swim. Chuck him off the end of the pier as punishment.[/p][/quote]Who can't swim? If you think you know the chap descibed, maybe you should report to the police....rather than make sweeping racist remarks?![/p][/quote]He's black, get over it bro, it says so in the description, or are you accusing the victim of racism for pointing that out ? I hope not, she's been through enough, how dare you. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 6

1:35pm Sun 27 Jul 14

adamthechairman says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
adamthechairman wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
They can't swim. Chuck him off the end of the pier as punishment.
Who can't swim? If you think you know the chap descibed, maybe you should report to the police....rather than make sweeping racist remarks?!
He's black, get over it bro, it says so in the description, or are you accusing the victim of racism for pointing that out ?

I hope not, she's been through enough, how dare you.
Funny how your comment got removed though! So just because the evil person who did this was black, how do you know he can or cannot swim? The poor victim gave what seems a good description, it was you that decided it would be funny to throw a racist comment out there. Like how you get 6 thumbs up for your racism. Please tell me is Beachy what for friends call you instead of Dick?!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamthechairman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: They can't swim. Chuck him off the end of the pier as punishment.[/p][/quote]Who can't swim? If you think you know the chap descibed, maybe you should report to the police....rather than make sweeping racist remarks?![/p][/quote]He's black, get over it bro, it says so in the description, or are you accusing the victim of racism for pointing that out ? I hope not, she's been through enough, how dare you.[/p][/quote]Funny how your comment got removed though! So just because the evil person who did this was black, how do you know he can or cannot swim? The poor victim gave what seems a good description, it was you that decided it would be funny to throw a racist comment out there. Like how you get 6 thumbs up for your racism. Please tell me is Beachy what for friends call you instead of Dick?! adamthechairman
  • Score: 0

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