Plucky at­tempt to catch thief

Fel­low pur­suers and po­lice have whip-round to re­place stolen cash

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries AN 80-YEAR-OLD man set off in hot pur­suit when his bag was snatched after a visit to the bank.

The plucky pen­sioner was so de­ter­mined to get his bag back that he con­tin­ued to chase the sus­pect un­til he tripped, suf­fer­ing in­juries that re­quired med­i­cal aid.

A num­ber of other peo­ple con­tin­ued to chase the man as he ran down Cen­tral Way, North­wood, into Hal­low­ell Road and then Ch­ester Road, where he was stopped.

But he man­aged to break free and got away, run­ning to­wards High Street.

De­tec­tives from Hilling­don are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion and wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent, which be­gan in Green Lane at about 11.25am on Fri­day, Au­gust 29.

The vic­tim’s bag was found later but the £160 that it had con­tained was gone.

How­ever, straight after the at­tack, po­lice of­fi­cers, lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents held a col­lec­tion and suc­cess­fully raised £160 to re­place the man’s lost money. He has not been named.

The sus­pect is de­scribed as be­ing 18 to 25 years old, about 5ft 10in tall, of thin build with short, light hair, and wear­ing a black top with a grey hood.

A Hilling­don Po­lice spokesman said: “This was a fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for an el­derly man who is still in pain fol­low­ing his dis­charge from the hos­pi­tal.

“I ap­peal to any­one who was in the area at the time of the in­ci­dent, who may have heard or seen any­thing, to con­tact us.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Hilling­don Se­ri­ous and Ac­quis­i­tive Crime Unit on 020 8246 9348 or, if you wish to re­main anony­mous, call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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