Pensioner left with broken bones after handbag snatch
by Rachel Hovenden
A pensioner was knocked into the road leaving her with
broken bones when a thief pulled off her handbag containing
The 69-year-old woman, whose bag was hung
on her shoulder and across her body, suffered two
fractures to her pelvis and a broken left collar bone in the attack
on Friday (March 16) outside the Imperial Retail Park in Thames
Way, Gravesend, near the B&Q sign.
The force used to grab her bag made her fall into the road.
An elderly couple and an off-duty Metropolitan Police community
support officer, who was driving past the scene, stopped to
The thief made off with her bag and purse and the pensioner said
he ran towards Pizza Hut.
The suspect is described as white, with a dark hooded top.
The woman was taken to Darent Valley Hospital for
Detective Constable Claire Hartill said: "This was a particularly
callous attack on an older lady which has left her extremely shaken
and upset. Anyone who saw the incident or who may have any
information about the lady's assailant should get in touch with
Anyone with information can contact Kent Police on 101 or Kent
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Did you see what happened? Or are you a relative or
friend of the victim? If so please call the news desk
on 01474 564327.
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