Community rally round for elderly widow who was mugged in churchyard

PUBLISHED: 17:32 11 October 2012

Norfolk police arrested three people on suspicion of snatching a handbag in a Watton graveyard.

Norfolk police arrested three people on suspicion of snatching a handbag in a Watton graveyard.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

A community which is “shocked and upset” after a widow was mugged while she tended to her husband’s grave have rallied round to support the elderly victim.

The 80-year-old from Watton was at St Mary’s churchyard in the town between 1.30pm and 1.45pm on Wednesday, October 3, when she was targeted.

She was also visiting the grave of her mother-in-law before her bag was snatched.

Lee Allars, 34, from Hunters Oak, Watton, who was walking through the graveyard with his baby girl at the time, chased after the three robbers.

The woman was not injured and Mr Allars lost the trio at Redhill Country Park.

Kelly Lacey, 34, a full-time mother and partner of Mr Allars, said the victim was “shaken up”.

She said the support has been “unreal”.

Miss Lacey added: “The community has been really good. The victim was very frightened. I know the police were quite upset about it.

“Everybody keeps contacting me asking how the lady is. It us so sweet that so many people want to be involved.”

Miss Lacey put up the news of the robbery on Facebook and the money raised will go towards a gift for the elderly woman, to be presented this week.

She added the town has rallied round to raise more than £60 for the victim.

“We want her to know that people care,” Miss Lacey added.

Police arrested a 22-year-old and two 18-year-olds from three Carbrooke addresses on suspicion of snatching a handbag.

They were taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre but were released on bail, to return on Monday, November 5.

The stolen bag included £25 a mobile phone, a dark red purse and a debit card.

Miss Lacey said the robbery was “disgusting”.

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