Bags snatched from women aged 94 and 80

Published on: 02 Oct 2017

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two elderly women had their handbags snatched in Downend.

Both incidents happened in Downend Road between about 11am and 11.15am on Tuesday September 5. 

In the first, an 80-year-old was pulled to her knees when a man grabbed her bag from her shoulder and tried to run off with it. He dropped it after a member of the public gave chase and it was returned to the woman. She was left with grazes and bruising  and was taken to hospital by ambulance for a check-up.

The second incident happened at a bus stop, where a 94-year-old was waiting. A man took her bag from her trolley and was driven away in a silver people carrier. The lady was uninjured but upset by the theft.

Officers investigating the incident later found a silver people carrier in Goffenton Drive, Oldbury Court, and recovered the bag in bushes nearby. A man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and theft two days later and later released under investigation.

T/DS Tom Williams said: “We’d like to thank the members of the public who stepped in to help both of these ladies, and who have given us statements about what happened. It’s clear the community here will stand up for vulnerable people.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone else with information which could help our investigation, especially who may have seen the vehicle or the bag being abandoned in the Goffenton Drive area.”

Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch through the police website,, or calling 101 quoting reference 5217203134.


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