Callous robber attacks woman, 75

January 31 2017

PEOPLE in Fishponds have rallied round to support a pensioner left with horrific injuries after she was robbed in Eastville Park.

PEOPLE in Fishponds have rallied round to support a pensioner left with horrific injuries after she was robbed in Eastville Park.

The 75-year-old woman was pushed to the ground from behind and had her handbag stolen while she was walking in Eastville Park.

She was left with fractured cheek and collar bones following the attack, which took place between 11.45am and 12.15pm on Monday January 23.

Police said the woman has now been released from hospital and her condition is improving.

The photographs of her injuries, shown here, have shocked the community of Fishponds who have launched an appeal to raise money.

Two fundraising pages have been set up with the victim requesting that money raised be given to Age UK Bristol.

One of the pages, on the JustGiving website, was set up by Fishponds resident Pauline Shaw and headed: "Crowdfunding to show the lady who was callously and horrifically attacked in Eastville Park on Monday lunchtime that the people of Fishponds care".

PC Aaron Ashford said: "This is a despicable crime carried out on an elderly woman in a public place.

“I am certain this incident will shock and enrage members of our community.

“We now need your help to trace the offender and bring them to justice.

“Were you in the Eastville Park area of Bristol on Monday lunchtime? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously or running or cycling away from the area?"

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

Police would like to speak to a man regarding this incident. He is described as white, of slight build, in his early 20s and around 5ft 9ins. He was wearing a tight fitting dark coloured woollen hat, dark coloured jacket, dark trousers and was in possession of a pushbike. The bike has been described as dark grey and may have a small bike rack on the rear. He was carrying a spare cycle wheel on his back. It is thought he cycled off towards the car park of Tesco Eastgate.

They are also appealing for anyone with information regarding the victim's stolen handbag. It is described as a 'Trooper London', dark grey canvas shoulder bag. It might have been discarded in the Eastville Park or Eastgate shopping centre areas.

Anyone who can help should call 101 and quote crime reference number 5217016482 or Crimestoppers, where information can be left anonymously, on 0800 555 111.