Pensioner suffers broken shoulder in robbery

Pensioner robbed in Durham.
Pensioner robbed in Durham.
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A pensioner was left with a suspected broken shoulder following a robbery in Durham.

The 81-year-old woman had got off the bus today at around 11.30am and was walking up the steps leading to Nevilledale Terrace when she was approached from behind by a man.

He grabbed the victim’s cream-coloured leather effect handbag with such force that she fell to the ground before making off up the steps with the bag.

The suspect is described as being white, slim build, in his twenties and around 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall.

He had thick mousey coloured collar length hair and was wearing a dark blue waist-length coat.

Detective Sergeant Mark Garfoot from Durham City CID said: “This was a cowardly attack which left the elderly victim with a suspected broken shoulder and swelling to her face.

“We’d urge anyone with any information on the incident to contact us straightaway.”

Call Durham Police on 101 with any information and ask for DS Garfoot.