Elderly Woman Attacked in Weston
16 January 2019, 14:39 | Updated: 16 January 2019, 14:45
An 88-year-old woman has been left with a broken nose after being robbed in Weston-super-Mare.
She also suffered a fractured wrist and severe bruising after falling down when her handbag was snatched on Colonel Stephens Way
Avon and Somerset Police say it happened as she was out walking with her husband at around 1.50pm on Thursday the 10th of January.
After stealing the handbag, the offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where it was later recovered having had cash and a bank card stolen from inside.
Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson 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."
A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.
Police are asking anyone who can help to call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5219006773.
Alternatively they say people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.