Widow’s heart­break as watch snatched

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Katherine Cle­men­tine katherine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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