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Reward offered following robbery in Bournemouth

Detectives investigating a robbery in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward – with a reward being offered.

The incident took place between 10am and 10.15am on Monday 15 December 2014 in Summers Avenue in the Kinson area of the town.

The victim, an 84-year-old local man, had just been to Lloyds on Wimborne Road and withdrawn a substantial amount of money.

He was walking along Summers Avenue with his walking aid when he heard someone shout at him before being pushed on the left shoulder and arm, causing him to lose his balance.

The offender then took the money, which had been placed in the walking aid, and ran back down Summers Avenue into a field which runs adjacent to Wimborne Road and Summers Avenue. He was last seen to go into an alleyway which adjoins Wakely Road.

The offender is described as a white man, aged in his late twenties or early thirties, of medium build and around five feet eight inches tall. He has short dark hair and was wearing a red hooded jumper or coat and grey jogging bottoms.

Detective Constable Caroline Craft, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a heartless attack on a vulnerable victim who was robbed of his life savings.

“In order to ensure that this offender is brought to justice, the charity Crimestoppers has issued a £1,000 reward for any information leading to the charge and conviction of the offender.

“I would like to hear from anyone who saw somebody matching the description of the suspect in that area.

“I urge anyone with any information about who may have been responsible for this cowardly attack to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

A reward is only payable for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555111 number or via the Anonymous Online Form where users opt in for two-way communication and request a reward code. Information passed to police will not qualify.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 15:83. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 14 January 2015