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Elderly woman dragged along pavement in callous chain snatch attempt

November 7, 2014, 2:13 pm

Detectives have launched an investigation after a man attempted to snatch an elderly womans neck chain and dragged her along the pavement when the chain wouldnt break.

The attempted robbery took place on West Bromwich High Street at the junction with Trinity Way just before 1.30pm on Wednesday 10 September as the 77-year-old was waiting to cross the road.

The callous thief grabbed the chain and dragged the woman several yards in an attempt to break it from her, before passers-by rushed to her aid and he ran off, making his getaway in a waiting black Vauxhall Astra.

Investigating officer PC Stephen Foy said: “The force of the attack left the woman with a fractured hip which left her in hospital for¬†several weeks.¬†The shock of the incident has had a devastating effect on her.

“We have trawIed CCTV from the area around the incident and taken statements from witnesses and now I am hoping that someone will recognise the man and get in touch.”

PC Foy can be contacted on 101 or alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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