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Four elderly women victims of Norwich robberies

PUBLISHED: 09:11 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:50 10 November 2017

Four elderly women have been robbed in Norwich. Photo: PA Wire.

Four elderly women have been robbed in Norwich. Photo: PA Wire.

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Elderly women have been targeted in a series of “shocking” robberies across Norwich being carried out by a man in his 20s riding a bike.

Detectives are linking four incidents that have occurred in the city in just over a week, and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

The incidents included:

-Monday, October 30 around 8.50am on Beloe Avenue in the city where a woman, aged in her 70s who was using an electric wheelchair, has been robbed of her handbag by a man riding a bike.

-Saturday, November 4 around 2.45pm in Grove Walk in Norwich where a woman, aged in her 80s, has been pulled to the ground by an unknown man before her leather handbag was stolen.

-Sunday, November 5 around 10.35am in Angel Road, where a man riding a bike has stolen a bag from a woman aged in her 70s.

-Wednesday, November 8 around 10.20am on Adelaide Street in Norwich, where a woman, aged in her 80s, has had her handbag stolen from her by man riding a bike.

Officers are linking the incidents and are describing the suspect as being white and aged in his 20s.

DI Chris Burgess, of Norwich CID, said: These crimes are being linked due to the short space of time in which they are being committed and the fact the elderly are being targeted.

“There is really little more information about the suspect mainly due to the MO of the offence and the fact the victims are quite vulnerable,” he said.

“It is shocking that this type of crime is being committed against the elderly who are being targeted due to their vulnerability. I need people to be aware and safeguard themselves as much as possible - keep hold of their handbags and if they are in wheelchairs or scooters keep bags away from obvious view.

“Equally people would have seen this happen and I am hoping they will have the courage to come forward. Anybody who locates any handbags contact police to come and collect them because maybe we can recover evidence. People will know who the person is who committed these crimes and I would encourage them to call us.

“The victims are all shaken up but they are being looked after and visited regularly.”

Police are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone with information regarding these incidents. They should contact DI Chris Burgess, DC Mike Blowers, DC Karen Goel or DC Rob French at Norwich CID on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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