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Pensioner targeted in robbery

By Dave Whelan

A 92-year-old pensioner targeted by a suspected organised crime gang has said that she is frustrated at the lack of police action in catching those responsible.

Elizabeth Kirk said that despite CCTV showing her being followed around a shop on the York Road by a woman, police told her that they could not prove that the woman was involved in taking her money.

Mrs Kirk had just collected her pension from the post office on York Road last Thursday (November 28),before heading to the nearby bus stop. She said that the foreign woman had spoken to her as the bus arrived and that a man of the same nationality had pushed on the bus ahead of her and argued with the driver before getting back off the bus.

Mrs Kirk said that she noticed the money was missing from the front of her bag when she returned to her home.

Her daughter-in-law, Margaret Kirk, said that Elizabeth had been left distraught after realising the money had gone.

"Clearly someone has been watching or known that she was collecting her pension and then followed her. There's CCTV of a woman following her around the shop but it would seem the money was taken during some planned commotion when the bus arrived.

"Thankfully she is ok, her heart is still racing but we have a big family and we have been able to support her."

A representative of the York Park Residents Association brought her flowers and said the community was collecting money to compensate the elderly lady.

A spokesperson for the police said the investigation is "very much active and ongoing," adding, "Although enquiries are at an early stage, this incident is being investigated as a theft at this time."

They appealed for anyone with information to contact them at York Road Police Station.

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