Robber pulls 82-year-old woman to the ground as he snatches bag in Keynsham

Published on: 22 Jan 2016

January 2016

Police are searching for a robber who pulled an 82-year-old woman to the floor as he grabbed her bag in Tenby Road, Keynsham.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident at around 8.10am this morning (January 22), in which a man in his teens or early 20s snatched a Marks and Spencer carrier bag the woman was holding and ran off in the direction of Kelston Park.

The victim suffered bruising to her arm and ribs and a swollen knee, but despite her fall she chased after the suspect until she lost sight of him.

The bag contained a purse, a bus pass, medication and a small amount of cash. It was later recovered but her purse had been removed.

Detective Sergeant Simon Chubb said: “This was a shocking incident in which a vulnerable woman was pulled to the floor as her bag was ripped from her hands.

“The victim, who thankfully didn’t sustain any serious injuries, demonstrated great bravery during and after the robbery and should be praised for this.

“We’re now appealing for anyone who saw the incident, or a young man fleeing the area, to get in touch on 101 quoting 5216014998.”

The suspect is described as a man in his teens or early 20s and was wearing dark clothing.

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