Widow’s heartbreak as watch snatched
AN 85-YEAR-OLD grandmother is ‘heartbroken’ to have had her handbag containing her late husband’s watch, snatched in Yiewsley.
June Lucas, of Langley, was mugged in the Yiewsley Wilkinson’s car park on Thursday, October 1 at around midday, while shopping with her daughter.
Mrs Lucas waited in the car, in a disabled bay, whilst her daughter nipped into the supermarket.
Her daughter Patricia Thompson said: “A man yanked the door open and grabbed my mother’s bag and ran off, witnessed by several people.
“The first I knew was when ladies were coming up to me asking had I left my mum alone in the car park and she’d been mugged.
“The three ladies there were fantastic with my mother, Wilkinson’s could not have been more helpful, they got the CCTV for the police.
“The police were there within two minutes, they were fantastic as well.
“It’s not the monetary things she’s lost or the handbag, it’s my late dad’s watch which was the last thing taken from him when he died.”
The family are desperate for the return of the stainless steel quartz bracelet watch, with an ordinary dial, which would have been made in the late 1990s.
Mrs Lucas said: “It would mean the world to me to have it back.
“When my husband died my son-in-law took it off his wrist and gave it to me, and it’s been in my handbag ever since.
“I had it with me all the time I never took it out of my handbag.”
Patricia said the ordeal has had a detrimental effect on her mother, who lives with her in Langley.
She said: “I’ve had to take her to the doctor because as [ the mugger] wrenched it from her in the car and pushed the door back, she’s got a black foot.
“She’s still got high blood pressure from it but the doctor said that’s understandable and she’ll probably take a couple of weeks to calm down from it.
“I’ve taken her out shopping since, but if someone starts coming up on the left hand side of her she starts getting panicky. That’s the psychological effect it’s had on her.”
Mrs Lucas’ grandson, Darius Thompson, has been appealing for information on Facebook since the incident.
He said: “My gran has not had an easy few years since loosing my granddad and her son.
“The money is irrelevant, but the vile scumbag that wrenched her handbag from her arm has a watch that belonged to my grandfather.
“If anyone in the area comes across a burgundy handbag or stainless steal watch please get in touch. There is a small reward for the return of the watch.”
If you have any information about the incident call police on 101, or if you think you can return the watch, contact Darius by email: d a r i u s. t h o m p s o n . 9 2 @ gmail.com
n STOLEN: Mrs Lucas’s bag which contained the watch of her late husband