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Police renew appeal to catch thug who attacked woman (90) in broad daylight

Pensioner was beaten with stick before raider made off with handbag

By Angela Rainey

Published 07/05/2016

Elderly woman was the victim of a violent robbery in east Belfast
Elderly woman was the victim of a violent robbery in east Belfast

Police have launched a fresh appeal for the thug who did this to a 90-year-old east Belfast woman in broad daylight before making off with her handbag.

A man believed to be around 60 to 65 years old approached the frail pensioner at 4pm as she walked in Aston Gardens off the Upper Newtownards Road on April 25.

The woman was left badly shaken and received medical treatment after she was beaten about the head with a stick before having her handbag stolen.

Residents in the leafy part of east Belfast, just off the busy thoroughfare of Ballyhackamore, are said to be horrified at the attack.

DUP MLA for East Belfast Sammy Douglas has also condemned the cowardly attack and urged the community to tell the police anything that may see the man apprehended.

"When I saw the photo of this lady, I was absolutely disgusted at the extent of her injuries," he said.

"Apparently the person responsible for such a callous and unprovoked attack on this vulnerable elderly woman is a man in his 60s.

"It must have been absolutely shocking and horrifying experience for the victim, and I know the community is appalled also.

"I would urge the public, anyone with the slightest piece of information, to contact police straight away.

"This man is still at large and will remain so until information is forthcoming that will see him locked up and hopefully for a long time.

"Until then he remains a danger to the public and he needs to be caught sooner rather than later." The attacker is believed to speak with a Belfast accent, be of thin build with a full face, around 5ft 10ins or 5ft 11ins and was wearing a fawn or beige flat cap with a peak and a khaki or grey overcoat worn over a suit at the time of the attack.

Detective Inspector Nigel Snoddy said: "I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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