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Police release pictures of pensioner’s injuries after violent robbery

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Shocking pictures of an 88-year-old woman beaten up during a robbery have been released by police.

The victim, who has not been named, sustained a broken nose, a fractured wrist and severe bruising after having her handbag snatched from her arm and falling to the ground.

She was targeted as she walked with her husband on Colonel Stephens Way in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, on 10 January.

After stealing the handbag, the robber fled down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where the bag was later recovered with cash and a bank card taken from it.

The victim was attacked as she walked with her husband
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The victim was attacked as she walked with her husband

Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson, who is leading the investigation, said: “I’m sure these images will shock people who will be horrified that someone can target a vulnerable elderly woman in such a way.

“This is a despicable crime and we need the public’s help to identify the person responsible and bring them to justice.

“Did you see what happened? Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time?

“Or did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?

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

Police have described the images as shocking
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Police have described the images as shocking

Avon and Somerset Police said a 30-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of robbery but has been released under investigation.

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