Teenage boy chases off robber

First published in Local News

A BRAVE youngster chased after a robber who knocked an elderly woman over and stole her handbag.

Police are now trying to track down the have-a-go-hero who managed to retrieve the woman's bag and ensure she was alright.

It happened after the woman, who is in her eighties, was robbed in Meadow View Walk at about 12.45pm yesterday.

She suffered a cut to her hand from where the bag had been ripped from her grasp.

Investigating officer Det Con Andrew Coles said: “This was an appalling attack on a elderly and vulnerable woman. She was approached from behind by a youth with his face covered who tried to snatch her handbag. She wouldn’t let go at first and tried to keep hold of the bag, but when they both fell over he got away.

“We know that a teenager or young man chased him and returned with the bag but he did not stop at the scene to give his name or address. We hope he will come forward because he may have important information about the thief. "

The good samaritan is about 16 years old, about 5ft 7in tall, slim and was wearing dark clothing with a hooded top.

The thief was about 5ft 5in tall, slim, aged 15 to 16 and wearing a dark hoody that covered his face.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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4:44pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

well done lad!
well done lad! Eric Whim
  • Score: 11

5:05pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Aint it just the truth says...

Well done son but don't be an anonymous hero, I'm sure lots of people would like to thank you for your brave actions.
Well done son but don't be an anonymous hero, I'm sure lots of people would like to thank you for your brave actions. Aint it just the truth
  • Score: 11

5:31pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Take a bow ....
Take a bow .... Olivia2847
  • Score: 9

7:38pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Peter 1979 says...

I would shake this brave kid by the hand. What is going on this island, I have moved away probery the best thing I have done and I wish my mum and dad would do as well I fear for them when I read stuff like this no good little asbos out there
I would shake this brave kid by the hand. What is going on this island, I have moved away probery the best thing I have done and I wish my mum and dad would do as well I fear for them when I read stuff like this no good little asbos out there Peter 1979
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Peter 1979 says...

And just reading on Facebook, a old lady dropped her bags over by third ave shops and the kids over there kicked her stuff and bags away, no good little s**ts where has the respect gone to help the elderly.
And just reading on Facebook, a old lady dropped her bags over by third ave shops and the kids over there kicked her stuff and bags away, no good little s**ts where has the respect gone to help the elderly. Peter 1979
  • Score: 2

8:12am Wed 14 Nov 12

madmax1 says...

Exactly what I was saying last week to many victims in this town.

The also says they are 'trying' to track him down , maybe he dosent wish to remain anonymous, perhaps he is just not an avid reader of the Echo.
Exactly what I was saying last week to many victims in this town. The also says they are 'trying' to track him down , maybe he dosent wish to remain anonymous, perhaps he is just not an avid reader of the Echo. madmax1
  • Score: 0

11:34am Wed 14 Nov 12

largo1 says...

crime will soar because the tories are cutting the police, people benefits etc
crime will soar because the tories are cutting the police, people benefits etc largo1
  • Score: -3

11:50am Wed 14 Nov 12

Warriorisme says...

Had some little scrote try to act 'hard' on a moped because i apparently 'looked at him'.
He soon drove off when he realised i wasn't a pensioner, typical little chav type that the island is now full of.
Had some little scrote try to act 'hard' on a moped because i apparently 'looked at him'. He soon drove off when he realised i wasn't a pensioner, typical little chav type that the island is now full of. Warriorisme
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Rather like the Poppy Box story we were promised yeast radar as they claimed the comments down - more cheese editor Noddy?
Rather like the Poppy Box story we were promised yeast radar as they claimed the comments down - more cheese editor Noddy? Olivia2847
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
Rather like the Poppy Box story we were promised yeast radar as they claimed the comments down - more cheese editor Noddy?
Yesterday - must take that bad batch of Old Holbein back to the pub for a refund ....
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: Rather like the Poppy Box story we were promised yeast radar as they claimed the comments down - more cheese editor Noddy?[/p][/quote]Yesterday - must take that bad batch of Old Holbein back to the pub for a refund .... Olivia2847
  • Score: 0

1:46pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Sign of the times says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
Rather like the Poppy Box story we were promised yeast radar as they claimed the comments down - more cheese editor Noddy?
Yesterday - must take that bad batch of Old Holbein back to the pub for a refund ....
I dunno, original comment made me laugh. Thought it must be sort of code.
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: Rather like the Poppy Box story we were promised yeast radar as they claimed the comments down - more cheese editor Noddy?[/p][/quote]Yesterday - must take that bad batch of Old Holbein back to the pub for a refund ....[/p][/quote]I dunno, original comment made me laugh. Thought it must be sort of code. Sign of the times
  • Score: 0

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