'Despicable' – Police release shocking pictures of 88-year-old robbery victim

'Despicable' – Police release shocking pictures of 88-year-old robbery victim

POLICE in England have released shocking pictures of an elderly woman targeted by a robber in broad daylight.

Avon and Somerset Police described the incident as ‘despicable’ after the 88-year-old woman was left with several injuries.

They have released pictures of the victim as part of their appeal for information in a bid to bring the person responsible to justice.

Broken nose

The victim was walking her husband on Colonel Stephens Way in Weston-Super-Mare at approximately 1.50pm on Thursday, January 10 when she was targeted.

Someone snatched her handbag from her arm causing her to fall to the ground, resulting in a broken nose, a fractured wrist and severe bruising.

(Images: Avon and Somerset Police)

The offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where the bag was later recovered having had cash and a bank card stolen from inside.


“I’m sure these images will shock people who will be horrified that someone can target a vulnerable elderly woman in such a way,” said Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson.

“This is a despicable crime and we need the public’s help to identify the person responsible and bring them to justice.”

Constable Stevenson appealed for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage from the area at the time of the robbery to come forward.

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.