Appeal after second handbag robbery

Hillside Avenue, Seaford. February 17th 2014 E07109Q
Hillside Avenue, Seaford. February 17th 2014 E07109Q

Police are investigating a second robbery in Seaford in which an elderly lady had her handbag snatched from her in broad daylight.

The attacks – which police believe could be linked – happened within four days of each other. In the first robbery the victim was injured after falling when her handbag was forcibly pulled from her.

The latest incident took place on Thursday February 13 at around 1pm when a 75-year-old woman waiting for a bus in Hillside Avenue had her bag snatched by a man who then ran into Hythe Crescent. The black and white bag contained a purse, cash and bank cards. The offender is described as white, 5’8”, of slender build and is thought to have been wearing a grey jacket and a dark beanie-style hat pulled low down to his eyes. Days earlier a 69-year-old was walking in Bramber Lane at about 1.15pm when she was approached from behind and her tan/cream handbag was pulled from her with such force that she fell and suffered cuts and bruises. In that offence, the culprit, described as a young man in dark clothing, headed off towards the Crouch. The bag has been recovered but some items are still missing.

Police are appealing to anyone with information on the robberies to contact them.

Referring to the latest robbery, Detective Constable Steve Shimmons said, “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the suspect loitering in that area or running off after the attack.

“We’d also like to speak to someone who found a handbag earlier in the week and placed it through Seaford police station letterbox, as this has been linked to a robbery on Monday, 10 February in Bramber Lane.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.