Search

Street cleaner helps reunite Hornchurch woman with stolen purse

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 January 2013

Jean Hagon after being reunited with her purse

Jean Hagon after being reunited with her purse

Archant

A bit of cunning detective work and a lot of goodwill by a street cleaner meant a woman who had her purse stolen managed to get it back again.

Jean Hagon, 61, was shopping in Cranbrook Road, Ilford on Thursday after getting £100 out from the bank which was to last her the entire week.

When the Hornchurch woman went to make a purchase she realised someone had dipped into her bag and stolen her purse.

Jean said: “I had photos in there and my driving licence and credit and gym card. I never felt a thing, it was only when I went to buy something I realised it was not there.”

That morning Steven Best, 53, of Walthamstow was doing his rounds with his colleague Mic Morgan.

On going to empty the bin outside Barclays bank, High Road, Ilford he said he noticed the purse and became suspicious.

Steven said: “I went through the purse looking for some cards, she had her driving licence in there and a receipt.”

From the receipt Steven discovered that the owner of the purse had been to the Feet First chiropodist in Clements Road, Ilford that morning.

He decided to take the purse to the clinic as they would have the contact details for the purse’s owner.

Jean said: “I was shocked at getting it back. I was unhappy to lose the £100 but was very happy to get my purse back. I really would like to thank him. It’s good to know there are good people out there.”

Steven said he can spot when a purse has been emptied and thrown away by thieves, rather than thinking it is rubbish.

He said: “I used to find one or two a week but now we get one a fortnight, it’s not as bad as it was. I’m pleased she got it back or she would have lost her driving licence and cards.

“People should do more good deeds definitely.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Romford News Stories

A police officer’s career was left in jeopardy after he was handed a community order for downloading indecent images of children and extreme animal porn.

Yesterday, 16:36

The final acts and entertainment of the borough’s biggest summer event, the Havering Show, have been unveiled.

Yesterday, 15:52

After several months of detailed discussions, a potential merger between Havering College and Barking and Dagenham college has been called off.

Yesterday, 14:27

Cancer patients are happier with their care than previous years at the borough’s NHS trust, according to a survey.

Yesterday, 12:06

Police are unable to say how much progress has been made in deciding whether there is enough evidence to reopen an investigation into how a man came to be found dead in a cement mixer.

Yesterday, 10:27

A Year 4 pupil ended the school year on a high with a visit to the House of Lords after winning a writing competition.

Yesterday, 08:30

“Common sense prevailed” in the eyes of the council leader, as cabinet members rejected a motion calling for Havering to leave the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Wed, 18:00

A man has been jailed for five years for his part in a late night crime spree that began when two cars were stolen in Harold Hill in June.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now