Alleged robberies in Poole - Reward offered

Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after two alleged robberies in the Canford Cliffs area of the town – with the Crimestoppers charity offering a substantial reward.

At 2.30pm on Thursday 27 June 2013 it is alleged that an 86-year-old Poole woman was pushed to the floor from behind and her handbag was stolen. She was taken to hospital having sustained a severe swollen face and a broken shoulder.

At 2.50pm on Friday 28 June 2013 it is alleged that a 91-year-old Poole woman was also knocked to the floor and her handbag was stolen. She sustained a broken pelvis.

Both incidents occurred on The Avenue and it is believed that they are linked.

Detective Constable Jo Shewbridge, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “The elderly victims have been left with severe injuries and very shocked.

“We are seeking more information to assist the investigation.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who has seen a man or men wearing heavy winter coats in the area at the time of the incidents or acting suspiciously.

“I also ask residents to check their gardens and surrounding areas for recently discarded personal items and to report anything found to the police quoting incident numbers 27:265 and 28:279.

“Hopefully the reward will encourage witnesses and anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.”

Members of the public will only be eligible for the cash reward if they call the Crimestoppers line – on 0800 555 111 – with information that leads to the arrest and charge of an offender.

A 31-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested and released on police bail until mid August.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 27:265 and 28:279. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 4 July 2013

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