Victim of handbag snatch tells of ordeal

Bramber Lane Seaford February 17th 2014 E07124Q
Bramber Lane Seaford February 17th 2014 E07124Q

A robbery victim who was targeted in broad daylight has said she is determined to carry on as normal after her ordeal.

The Seaford resident, who only wanted to be identified as Ann, had her handbag snatched from her with such force she fell to the ground. It was the first of three robberies in Seaford in the space of nine days which all saw elderly women robbed of their handbags during the daytime.

Determined Ann was on her way to the hairdressers when the culprit struck. She said, “I was just walking along, it was 1.20pm and the weather was quite good when suddenly I’m spun around and on my hands and knees on the ground.

“I didn’t know what had happened, I had no clue about what was going on and that my handbag had been nicked.”

The incident happened on February 10 when the 69-year-old was walking in Bramber Lane. The offender was described as a young man in dark clothing, who headed off towards The Crouch.

Ann, who was left with a bump on the head, sore knees and a bruised hip, said she was tearful after the attack but some passers-by came to her aid. She added, “I’ve been determined from the word go that I will not let it upset what I want to do with my life.

“The only thing that has changed is the amount of pain.”

She is hoping anyone with any information about the attacks will come forward, adding, “Presumably somebody must know of a person who now has quite a bit of money. If they have taken money from the other handbags then there might be someone who is splashing out a bit.”

The second robbery was on February 13 when a 75-year-old waiting for a bus in Hillside Avenue was targeted and the latest incident took place on February 19 in a twitten between Eastbourne Road and Perth Close. A man grabbed the 83-year-old’s bag, knocking her to the ground. Police believe the incidents are linked. Call police on 101 with any information.