Appeal after 81-year-old pushed to the ground and robbed in Sunderland street

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POLICE are appealing for information after a pensioner was robbed in Sunderland.

The incident happened at 5.25pm, on Tuesday, August 12, on Burnville Road.

The 81-year-old victim was about to reverse in the street in her vehicle when she was approached by two men, one of which knocked on her car window.

He engaged the woman in conversation while another man opened the passenger side door and took her handbag.

The woman got out of the car to retrieve her bag and ended up being pushed to the ground.

She was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment to bruising to her face and swelling to her arm. Her injuries are not life threatening.

Enquiries into the robbery are continuing today and police are keen to speak to any witnesses.

Detective Inspector Dave English, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “Thankfully the victim hasn’t suffered serious injuries as a result but she has clearly been left extremely shaken by her ordeal.

“This incident happened in the early evening in a residential area where there may have been people going about their daily businesses.

“We’re carrying out several enquiries to trace those responsible but are urging any members of the public who may have witnessed the robbery to come forward.

“We realise this may cause concerns among the community and we have officers on patrol to speak to residents and offer reassurance.”

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 925 12/08/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.