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Photos issued of 88-year-old robbery victim as part of appeal for information

The 88-year-old victim sustained a number of injuries after someone snatched her handbag

We’re releasing photos of injuries sustained by an 88-year-old woman after she was robbed in Weston-super-Mare.

The victim was walking with her husband when someone snatched her handbag from her arm causing her to fall to the ground.

The incident happened on Colonel Stephens Way at approximately 1.50pm on Thursday, 10 January.

After stealing the handbag, the offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where it was later recovered having had cash and a bank card stolen from inside.

The woman sustained a broken nose, a fractured wrist and severe bruising as a result of the robbery.

Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson said: “I’m sure these images will shock people who will be horrified that someone can target a vulnerable elderly woman in such a way.

“This is a despicable crime and we need the public’s help to identify the person responsible and bring them to justice.

“Did you see what happened?

“Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time?

“Or, did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?

“Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible.”

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219006773

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.