Pickpocket steals £240 gifts cash from great-grandmother

Great-grandmother had her purse containing £240 lifted from her bag

Great-grandmother had her purse containing £240 lifted from her bag - Credit: Archant

A woman in her seventies had her purse stolen from her handbag as she shopped for her great-grandson’s Christmas presents.

She was in the Cardfactory, Lockwood Walk, Romford, on December 10 when at 1pm the purse containing £240 was lifted from her bag.

The woman is so distressed she does not wish to be identified.

Her daughter Jo Curran, 50, of Bellvue Road, said: “She’s really upset, she couldn’t believe it happened. It happened so quick, she felt she had it in the shop and then she got a couple of cards and by the time she got to the till, it was gone.

“Our one hope is that it will not get her down, especially over Christmas.”


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Police confirmed that there were 13 incidents of pickpocketing in the borough that week and it was the second incident in the store that day

Mrs Curran, a manager of a psychiatric team for the elderly at Goodmayes Hospital, said the effect of such an incident can be devastating for an elderly person, leading to isolation and depression.

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Sgt Neal Donohoe, of Havering police, said: “When people are in crowded shops, they must take great care of their possessions.”

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