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Purse snatch in March prompts community to rally to help elderly victim

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Police have launched an investigation and a local community has rallied to help an elderly woman after she was robbed in a Fenland town centre.

The woman, said to be in her eighties, had her purse stolen in March High Street on Friday March 25.

After hearing of the incident, Keith Bulbeck a neighbour of the victim, said he wanted to help put a "smile back on her face" in a post about the theft on Facebook.

Police appeal (55811473)
Police appeal (55811473)

He said: "I would like to say how disgusted I was, to find out a neighbour of mine was robbed in March High Street.

"She’s elderly and vulnerable, and some lowlife stole her purse. Unfortunately they withdrew money out of the bank and she had cash stolen as well, police are investigating.

"But I would like to raise some money for her, especially as she’s on her own and has like us all extra money to find for her bills."

It is understood the purse contained £90 in cash but the thief then stole a further £500 from her bank account using a bank card as the woman had kept the pin number with it in her purse.

Keith said he had been told that as a result of the pin being with the card the bank would not compensate the woman.

However, that did not stop Facebook users from offering support to the woman and Keith said: "Thanks everyone for your kind words, if you would like to donate please message me. I have already received food and a donation for this lovely lady. Let’s put a smile back on her face."

As a result of Keith's post to March Free Discussion Page more than £260 has been donated for the woman along with bags on shopping and the offer of a meal at the Acre pub for her and her son.

Police confirmed they were investigating with a spokesperson saying: "We were contacted on March 25 with reports a purse had been stolen and bank cards used to withdraw £500.

"A crime has been raised and an investigation is ongoing."

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