Woman's arm is broken as thief steals handbag in daylight robbery

A woman has been left “afraid to walk alone” after her arm was broken when she was knocked to the ground and robbed of her handbag in daylight.

Thursday, 21st May 2020, 6:33 pm

The lone woman, 58, was walking along Ayton Avenue, in Grangetown, Sunderland, when she was approached by a man who asked her directions to “Straight Avenue”.

As she went to tell him she did not know the street, he grabbed her bag from her shoulder with such force that she fell to ground and broke her right arm.

The robber, described as a white, slim man, aged 18-25-years-old with a shaved face and wearing a cap with a hood over the top, then took off with her bag containing money, her mobile phone and bank card.Detective Constable Kelly Sharp, of Northumbria Police, said: “This has obviously left the victim feeling very shaken and afraid to walk alone.

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The robbery took place in Ayton Avenue, Grangetown, Sunderland.

“The location of the robbery was in a built up area with lots of houses so we’re appealing to people from the Ayton Avenue to please think back. Did you see anything suspicious or anyone who might match the man’s description?

“Any information, no matter how insignificant you might fear it is, could really help us solve this case.”

Anyone with any information about the incident, which took place at around 5.55pm on Saturday, May 2, is asked to get in touch with Northumbria Police through the Report an Incident page on their www.northumbria.police.uk website, quoting log 806 02/05/20, or by emailing Det Con Sharp on [email protected]

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