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Thief steals from woman collapsed in Southend street
A LOW-LIFE thief rifled through a woman’s handbag after she collapsed in the street.
The thief took his opportunity when the 35-year-old woman took a turn for the worse in Cheltenham Road, Southend.
She had been walking home alone from a friend’s house when she stumbled and fell.
A man grabbed her purse, cash and mobile phone from her bag and ran off – leaving her stricken on the pavement.
The woman eventually managed to pick herself up and stagger to a phone box at the junction of York Road and Southchurch Avenue to call for help.
An ambulance took her to hospital for treatment, but emergency services could not say what was wrong with her.
The culprit was 6ft tall and black. Police are now appealing for information.
Southend Insp Matt Bennett said: “This is a despicable crime, to take advantage of a lady when she was unable to defend herself or her property.
“I hope if anybody out there knows who did this, they will report the person to the police, for the good of everybody.”
Tony Cox, the Tory councillor responsible for public protection, said it was an “appalling act” and called for people to help police.
He said: “I think on the whole we do have a good community spirit, and people do acts of kindness on a grand scale in this town.
“It’s fortunate we are a town blessed with that. But unfortunately there are some who are mindless and take advantage of people in distress. This was a truly appalling act.”
Anyone with information should call Southend police on 101.
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