Pensioner robbed in Bridport town centre

APPEAL:  Insp Mike Darby of Bridport Police

APPEAL: Insp Mike Darby of Bridport Police

First published in News

A PENSIONER was robbed in a daylight attack in Bridport town centre.

The 65-year-old man was walking down South Street at 10.30am when he was pushed up against a wall before £75 was taken from him.

His robber – described as in his early 20s and six feet tall – fled with the cash towards South Mill Lane.

The victim was left shocked but unhurt in the incident and did not need medical treatment.

Now police have appealed for witnesses and anyone with information about the theft to come forward, but also stressed that such incidents are rare in Bridport.

Bridport Inspector Mike Darby said: “The force he used was not significant and the victim was not injured but is naturally upset by what has happened.”

He added: “While these types of offences are extremely rare in Bridport, people need to be aware at all times if they are handling money in public if anyone is watching or acting suspiciously around them.”

The incident happened as the man, who is from Axminster, walked in South Street near the Morrisons junction on Wednesday September 26. Barbara Vousden, chairman of Age Concern in Bridport, branded the robbery as ‘despicable’.

She said: “It is a shame to target people of that age.”

The man police would like to question is described as 6ft tall, of slim build with dark hair, slim build and about 22 years old. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark coat.

Anyone with information can call the police on 101.

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