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Pensioner is mugged in Bridport town centre attack
A PENSIONER was robbed in a daylight attack in Bridport town centre.
The 65-year-old man was walking down South Street at 10.30am when he was pushed up against a wall before the money was taken.
His robber – described as in his early 20s and six feet tall – fled with the cash towards South Mill Lane.
The victim was left shocked but unhurt in the incident and did not need medical treatment.
Now police have appealed for witnesses and anyone with information about the theft to come forward but also stressed that such incidents are rare in Bridport.
Barbara Vousden, who is chairman of Age Concern in Bridport, branded the robbery as despicable.
She said: “It is a shame to target people of that age.
“They are so vulnerable and the trouble is with a lot of elderly people they try to put up a bit of a fight, which is automatic.
“But I think they are despicable these people who do these things.
“These days if you ask the police they usually say it is drink or drug related when they seem to go out of their brains and they need money and they don’t care how they get it, which is awful.
“I think it is so sad.”
The victim was robbed of £75.
Mrs Vousden said it must have been the mugger’s ‘lucky day’ to have found a victim carrying so much cash. She added: “People shouldn’t carry large sums of money about with them.
“You just have got to be so vigilant – he was probably following him.
“Even if you have to pick up your pension try not to be obvious about it, be as discreet as possible.
“It is easier said than done because there are people lurking about all the time.
“The message is you must be aware.
“But it is a shame, we seem to hear more of these types of things.”
The incident happened as the man, who is from Axminster, walked in South Street near the Morrisons junction on Wednesday, September 26.
The police were called just before 10.30am.
Bridport Inspector Mike Darby said the crime was classed as a robbery because the victim was pushed against a wall.
He added: “The force he used was not significant and the victim was not injured but is naturally upset by what has happened.
“The man who had the money stolen was approached in the street and the money was taken from his hand. We are appealing for witnesses or anybody who saw a man matching the description to come forward.
“While these types of offences are extremely rare in Bridport, people need to be aware at all times if they are handling money in public if anyone is watching or acting suspiciously around them.
“This is only the second robbery this year.
“That is how rare they are here.”
Detective Constable Simon Beare is the officer in the case and is appealing for witnesses.
The man police would like to question is described as 6ft tall, of slim build with dark hair and aged about 22 years old.
He was wearing blue jeans and a dark coat and ran towards South Mill Lane.
Anyone who has any information can called the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 124 of September 26.
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