Callous thief steals from helpless old woman

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A HEARTLESS thief stole money from an elderly woman while she lay helpless on the floor following a fall in Burnley.

The victim, an 81 year old woman from the Burnley area, was walking along Burdett Street, when she fell to the floor at around 8 a.m. on Friday.

While on the floor the thief walked up to her and took her handbag which contained £200 which she had saved for Christmas.

Det. Sgt Charlie Haynes said the local community will be disgusted at the crime.

“This is a callous act of theft, from an 81-year-old vulnerable lady as she lay helpless, having fallen over in the street. While most decent minded people would have assisted the lady in her time of need, this thief has taken advantage of her misfortune.

“She has understandably been left heartbroken by what has happened to her, especially with it being so close to Christmas.

“I hope that people will come forward in this season of goodwill, to give us information about who may have been responsible for this crime so we can hopefully bring this thief to justice.

“Even hardened criminals will be ashamed by this heinous act and I would ask them to help us find who is responsible.”

The thief is described as a white man, slim build, possibly in his twenties, wearing a dark hooded top with the hood pulled up.

Anyone with information can contact Det. Sgt Charlie Haynes or DC Steve Acres at Burnley CID by calling 01282 472240. Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at