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Elderly woman batters pension thief with crutches

March 5, 2013, 11:55 am

A doorstep thief got more than he bargained for when an elderly woman battered him around the head with her crutches as he stole her pension.

The plucky 81-year-old was alone in her home on Walsgrave Drive, Solihull at around 1:30pm on Friday 22 February when the offender knocked on the door.

Thinking it was her next-door neighbour she answered, but was forced out of the way by the man who then rummaged through her belongings in the living rooms.

He took £110 cash that he found in a purse and fled after the elderly woman used her crutches to hit him over the head.

The victim was able to remember lots of detail about the offender – who she desrcibes as having a distinctively large nose.

At around 6ft tall, he was clean-shaven, in his early 20s and of average build, with a very pale complexion and short shiny wavy black hair.

The young man had a distinctive calf-length overcoat which was dark navy or black and wore dark bottoms. He spoke in a foreign language.

DC Lucinda Wilson, from Solihull Police, said: “The victim was extremely brave in trying to fight off the offender, but shes understandably been left terrified by the whole ordeal.

“She blames herself for the robbery and now struggles to sleep because of what happened.

“I want to hear from anyone who saw the offender running away from the house on Walsgrave Road or who knows anything about who may be responsible.

“Were following up several lines of enquiry but we really need crucial witnesses to come forward to help us find the offender.”

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call DC Lucinda Wilson from Solihull Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Total crime continues to fall in Solihull with a reduction of more than 15% so far this year compared to the same period in 2011/2012 − equivalent to 1,884 fewer victims.

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