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Pensioner left with broken arm after robbery in north Belfast

An 84-year-old woman has been treated for a broken arm after she was assaulted and robbed on Sunday afternoon.

The woman was walking with a friend in the Somerton Road area of north Belfast close to the Northern Ireland Hospice building at around 2.30pm. She was pushed from behind by an unidentified assailant who then made off with her purse and handbag.

The woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where she was treated for a fractured arm and cuts and bruises to the face.

David Browne, an Ulster Unionist Party councillor in north Belfast, said he was shocked at the news.

"I'm absolutely disgusted at what has happened. I know that if it had been my mother attacked I would have been very upset," he said.

"The police should make every effort to bring the personal responsible to justice and I think it's time we re-evaluate legislation when it comes to older people who are more vulnerable."

"I know the area well as I went to school nearby and it's quite affluent, it's not an area where an older person should be worried about walking down the street."

Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

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