Robber apologises repeatedly after knocking grandmother off her mobility scooter and stealing £200

Ernest Street, Bolton, where a grandmother was pushed off her mobility scooter by a robber.

Ernest Street, Bolton, where a grandmother was pushed off her mobility scooter by a robber.

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A GRANDMOTHER was knocked off her mobility scooter by a robber who repeatedly apologised — before running off with more than £200.

The 74-year-old woman was approached from behind in Ernest Street, near to Back Park Road, Bolton, at 11.30am on Wednesday, May 21.

The robber tapped the woman on the shoulder and pulled her handbag from around her neck, causing her to fall off the scooter.

The man took her purse but threw it to the ground a short distance away after she begged him not to take her credit cards. He ran off in the direction of Queens Park with £225 cash.

The pensioner, who asked not to be named, said: “If he goes to court I would like to look him in the eyes and tell him what he has done to me.

“He pulled me to the ground and kept saying sorry. I was saying to him that he couldn’t be sorry as he had pulled me to the ground. I was shouting ‘please don’t take money’ — then I told him to take the money but leave my credit cards.

“He dropped my purse on the ground and ran. I was shaken up and frightened. I was really angry.”

The woman hurt her left elbow, knee and hand.

She had gone down a back street as there were no dropped pavements on the main route.

The victim said she had a large amount of cash on her because she had been shopping with her daughter a few days earlier. She was returning to her Heaton home after collecting her blue disabled badge from Bolton town centre.

The former North British Housing control centre operator, who lives alone, said she would not be defeated after the attack — but added she would not be using her scooter to travel into the town centre from now on.

She said: “I will get a taxi instead. The first time I went out after it happened was a week later. I will use my scooter but I will not go down back streets.

“I would like to tell the robber not to attack vulnerable ladies on scooters and warn people to take care when going down back streets.”

The robber is described as being about 19, of slim build, 5ft 4 to 5ft 5 ins and thought to be Asian. He was wearing black jeans, a black T-shirt and trainers.

Det Con Pam Chandler, from Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, is appealing for any witnesses or anyone who recognises the description of the offender to come forward.

Det Con Chandler said: “I would advise people to use main roads rather than isolated areas, not to carry large amounts of money and to have a mobile phone to contact people if needed.”

The incident comes a week after Jane Campbell, aged 79, was left bruised and frightened after a man stole her shopping bag in Back Anglia Grove, Deane, on Wednesday, May 14. Police are not linking the crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5619 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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7:28am Fri 30 May 14

oftbewildered2 says...

this act is beneath comment. It seems to be a way of life now - 'I want money - so I will take it from someone else; anyone'. No respect for others - and no self respect. A blight on society.
this act is beneath comment. It seems to be a way of life now - 'I want money - so I will take it from someone else; anyone'. No respect for others - and no self respect. A blight on society. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 21

7:45am Fri 30 May 14

Chrome1 says...

Er take my money but not my credit cards? Shouldn't that be the other way round?
Er take my money but not my credit cards? Shouldn't that be the other way round? Chrome1
  • Score: -14

9:03am Fri 30 May 14

Where'swally says...

Not a very good description considering its by queens park. needle in a haystack?? why wait so long to report it?? theres loads of cctv around there and apparently even queens park has covert cctv to catch fly tippers.....
Not a very good description considering its by queens park. needle in a haystack?? why wait so long to report it?? theres loads of cctv around there and apparently even queens park has covert cctv to catch fly tippers..... Where'swally
  • Score: 12

9:20am Fri 30 May 14

nigella farrage says...

At least with the apologies t shows our criminal fraternity are more polite than the southern based ones!
At least with the apologies t shows our criminal fraternity are more polite than the southern based ones! nigella farrage
  • Score: -7

9:31am Fri 30 May 14

Jim271 says...

Park Road is a dumping ground for the scum of Bolton
Park Road is a dumping ground for the scum of Bolton Jim271
  • Score: 12

9:37am Fri 30 May 14

Gore Seer says...

Its Wise Not To Carry A lot Of Cash When You GO Out, My Mum Had A Little Over £9000 Under Her Bed In A Steel Case, She Had A Lovely Female Neighbour, This Neighbour Collected One Of My Mums Benefits From Post Office Mum Confided In This Woman, Barbara Was Her Name, This Woman Was A Modern Day Witch, This Witch Got £3200, She Proved Deadly For Two Members Of My Family. I Don't Think I'm Trolling.
Its Wise Not To Carry A lot Of Cash When You GO Out, My Mum Had A Little Over £9000 Under Her Bed In A Steel Case, She Had A Lovely Female Neighbour, This Neighbour Collected One Of My Mums Benefits From Post Office Mum Confided In This Woman, Barbara Was Her Name, This Woman Was A Modern Day Witch, This Witch Got £3200, She Proved Deadly For Two Members Of My Family. I Don't Think I'm Trolling. Gore Seer
  • Score: -9

9:48am Fri 30 May 14

I, Ludicrous says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
this act is beneath comment. It seems to be a way of life now - 'I want money - so I will take it from someone else; anyone'. No respect for others - and no self respect. A blight on society.
Not just anyone else though, one of the most vulnerable and defenceless members of society. What an absolutely vile piece of filth.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: this act is beneath comment. It seems to be a way of life now - 'I want money - so I will take it from someone else; anyone'. No respect for others - and no self respect. A blight on society.[/p][/quote]Not just anyone else though, one of the most vulnerable and defenceless members of society. What an absolutely vile piece of filth. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 10

10:44am Fri 30 May 14

Back oth Bank Boy says...

Where are all CCTV cameras, This animal must captured.
Where are all CCTV cameras, This animal must captured. Back oth Bank Boy
  • Score: 8

11:02am Fri 30 May 14

Where'swally says...

Jim271 wrote:
Park Road is a dumping ground for the scum of Bolton
Bolton's going the same way as Blackburn!! Park Rd is scummy yet so near to non scummy places. ruining the park all chavvy skunk smoking youths acting like they're big boys. thing is tho they're all posh kids pretending they're rude boys, as they live near Gilnow which may be poor but in no way is this a rough place all just thinking they're american homeboys...
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Park Road is a dumping ground for the scum of Bolton[/p][/quote]Bolton's going the same way as Blackburn!! Park Rd is scummy yet so near to non scummy places. ruining the park all chavvy skunk smoking youths acting like they're big boys. thing is tho they're all posh kids pretending they're rude boys, as they live near Gilnow which may be poor but in no way is this a rough place all just thinking they're american homeboys... Where'swally
  • Score: 3

11:17am Fri 30 May 14

Chrome1 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Its Wise Not To Carry A lot Of Cash When You GO Out, My Mum Had A Little Over £9000 Under Her Bed In A Steel Case, She Had A Lovely Female Neighbour, This Neighbour Collected One Of My Mums Benefits From Post Office Mum Confided In This Woman, Barbara Was Her Name, This Woman Was A Modern Day Witch, This Witch Got £3200, She Proved Deadly For Two Members Of My Family. I Don't Think I'm Trolling.
Gore seer get a bloomin' life; and some English lessons.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Its Wise Not To Carry A lot Of Cash When You GO Out, My Mum Had A Little Over £9000 Under Her Bed In A Steel Case, She Had A Lovely Female Neighbour, This Neighbour Collected One Of My Mums Benefits From Post Office Mum Confided In This Woman, Barbara Was Her Name, This Woman Was A Modern Day Witch, This Witch Got £3200, She Proved Deadly For Two Members Of My Family. I Don't Think I'm Trolling.[/p][/quote]Gore seer get a bloomin' life; and some English lessons. Chrome1
  • Score: 7

3:21pm Fri 30 May 14

azzak123 says...

are people missing the point here ?a vunerable old lady has been assaulted and robbed by a vile piece of scum who no doubt thinks hes invincible and above the law, as if hes done it once next time might be a worse for the person he attacks. my heart goes out to the lady involved .and i hope hes soon caught .and also on the subject if the curbs was lowered for scooter and wheel chair access then perhaps the lady wouldnt need to go down back streets.so thank bolton council also .
are people missing the point here ?a vunerable old lady has been assaulted and robbed by a vile piece of scum who no doubt thinks hes invincible and above the law, as if hes done it once next time might be a worse for the person he attacks. my heart goes out to the lady involved .and i hope hes soon caught .and also on the subject if the curbs was lowered for scooter and wheel chair access then perhaps the lady wouldnt need to go down back streets.so thank bolton council also . azzak123
  • Score: 9

5:34pm Fri 30 May 14

Gore Seer says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
Its Wise Not To Carry A lot Of Cash When You GO Out, My Mum Had A Little Over £9000 Under Her Bed In A Steel Case, She Had A Lovely Female Neighbour, This Neighbour Collected One Of My Mums Benefits From Post Office Mum Confided In This Woman, Barbara Was Her Name, This Woman Was A Modern Day Witch, This Witch Got £3200, She Proved Deadly For Two Members Of My Family. I Don't Think I'm Trolling.
Gore seer get a bloomin' life; and some English lessons.
My Life Is Wonderful, And It Is Getting Better, Not Only Did I Find Evil I Found Love And Jesus.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Its Wise Not To Carry A lot Of Cash When You GO Out, My Mum Had A Little Over £9000 Under Her Bed In A Steel Case, She Had A Lovely Female Neighbour, This Neighbour Collected One Of My Mums Benefits From Post Office Mum Confided In This Woman, Barbara Was Her Name, This Woman Was A Modern Day Witch, This Witch Got £3200, She Proved Deadly For Two Members Of My Family. I Don't Think I'm Trolling.[/p][/quote]Gore seer get a bloomin' life; and some English lessons.[/p][/quote]My Life Is Wonderful, And It Is Getting Better, Not Only Did I Find Evil I Found Love And Jesus. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

1:02pm Sat 31 May 14

Freddies Assistant says...

Jim271 wrote:
Park Road is a dumping ground for the scum of Bolton
Thanks for that comment, but I think you will find that it is NOT TRUE! If you have knocked on every door to support that comment, you didn't knock on mine, or any of my neighbours doors.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Park Road is a dumping ground for the scum of Bolton[/p][/quote]Thanks for that comment, but I think you will find that it is NOT TRUE! If you have knocked on every door to support that comment, you didn't knock on mine, or any of my neighbours doors. Freddies Assistant
  • Score: 3

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