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Outrage as pensioner in her 80s mugged by two thugs in Belfast

By Rebecca Black

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital after being assaulted in broad daylight.

The woman, who is in her 80s, was walking along Edgecumbe Gardens, off the Holywood Road in east Belfast, on Wednesday when she was attacked.

At around 4.20pm two men who had been in the front garden of a house confronted the pensioner.

One of the men pushed her in the chest causing her to fall over.

They then snatched her handbag and fled.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for a suspected fractured elbow and pelvis.

One of her attackers has been described as being aged between 40 and 45, approximately 5ft 10in, of medium build with dark hair.

East Belfast MLA Michael Copeland condemned the attack.

"People must be able to have confidence that even the most vulnerable in our society should be able to walk the streets free from fear," he said.

"This attack was utterly wrong and my thoughts are with the lady and her family as she recovers from this ordeal.

"Anyone with any information about this must give it to police so that they can act upon it."

The PSNI has urged anyone with information to contact officers at Musgrave police station on the non-emergency number 101.

The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on the elderly by thieves.

In February an 86-year-old woman was attacked by a burglar in her home in Lurgan.

The pensioner, who was punched in the face, had disturbed a man wearing a black hoodie in her home.

The woman's 76-year-old sister who lives with her said that both of them were left in shock and felt shaky after the incident.

Last October an 86-year-old woman was followed home by a man in north Belfast and robbed.

The attacker pulled her to the floor and dragged her bag out of her hands.

She was left shaken by the incident.

Meanwhile, a man is in a stable condition in hospital after being stabbed in the stomach in south Belfast yesterday evening.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was attacked by a man in the Donegall Road area at around 6pm.

The PSNI has urged anyone who may have witnessed the attack or has any information about it to contact detectives at Musgrave Street police station.

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