Kind-hearted Burnley group rallies round to help robbery victim (83)

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KIND-HEARTED Burnley residents have restored an elderly woman’s faith in humanity days after she was callously robbed.

The 83-year-old was left shaken and upset after thieves forced their way into her Lubbock Street home at 12-40 p.m. on Wednesday and stole her handbag containing a wallet, purse and £200 cash.

She was pushed to the floor and suffered a cut hand during the incident but is now smiling again after a collection was started for her through Facebook group “Burnley Past and Present”.

On Thursday Coun. Neil Mottershead took £80, a bunch of flowers and a big cake to her home and said it was a pleasure to see her face light up.

“We just wanted to make sure she had enough money as we didn’t know if she was able to manage”, he said. “She absolutely lit up when she was given the stuff. It was a real boost for her mainly because it showed there are good people out there.

“Money has still been coming in for her and we’re going to take that to her. She seemed all right considering what had happened. It’s not nice and I told her if she ever needed to talk to someone she could talk to me any time.”

Police arrested an 18-year-old and 24-year-old in connection with the incident but both were released without charge.

Det. Sgt Mick Cross, from Burnley CID, called the crime “despicable” and urged anybody with information to come forward.

“This is a despicable crime committed against an elderly and vulnerable lady in her own home.

“Understandably the woman has been left traumatised by the incident and it is only by luck she has not been more seriously injured.

“We believe the offender has jumped over her back fence to get to her back door before fleeing down the back alley. I’d appeal to anybody that witnessed anything suspicious or with information about the person responsible to come forward and contact police.

“I’d also ask people to be vigilant and if anyone thinks they have seen a discarded bag or purse matching the description of the victim’s I’d urge them to call police.”

The offender is believed to be white, of medium build, around 18 years old with short fair hair. He was wearing a dark jacket and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.