Play­ing fare as cab­bies help pen­sioner

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

Taxi driv­ers clock up cash for 91-year-old vic­tim of theft

TAXI driv­ers dug deep into their own pock­ets to help an el­derly wo­man af­ter her pen­sion was stolen.

Selina Cheal, 91, who lives in Willes­bor­ough, was shop­ping in the town cen­tre last Thurs­day, when she was be­friended by a wo­man in her 20s.

The wo­man walked with Mrs Cheal while she drew her pen­sion from the Abbey Na­tional and went to Ice­land.

Her daugh­ter, Jac­qui Jef­fries, said: “As soon as she was dis­tracted, the wo­man took both her pen­sion and bank book.

“Mum lost about £90 and was very shaken, but she is a very in­de­pen­dent lady.

“The wo­man was so calm and col­lected, I don’t want it to hap­pen to other old folk. I am so grate­ful to the taxi driv­ers.”

Mrs Cheal, who goes into town most days, is well-known by the in­de­pen­dent taxi driv­ers who cir­cu­late at the back of Ice­land.

They rushed to her aid, call­ing the po­lice and then hav­ing a whip-round to re­place the stolen money. Taxi driver Russ Collins said: “For her to meet the low­est of the low at her age, it opens your heart. You don’t wish that on any­one. Even some of the cus­tomers put some­thing in and we raised £100.

“She was very grate­ful and it brought a smile to her face.”

The wo­man is de­scribed as white, aged be­tween 25-35 and 5ft tall. She was wear­ing a beige coat and has short, fair hair.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent con­tact po­lice on 01303 289180.

Pic­ture Dave Downey pd1197010

Ash­ford In­de­pen­dant cab­bies Barry Clay­ton, Ja­son and Paul Coombes, Russ Collins and Jim Bot­ton, who col­lected for an Ash­ford pen­sioner af­ter she had her money stolen

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